Sunday, January 7, 2018
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court imposed a temporary suspension based on a criminal conviction.
Pennsylvania Real-Time News had this report in September 2016
A lawyer in Lycoming County has been accused of illegally placing a tracking device and audio recorder in the vehicle of the South Williamsport woman who had jilted him.
Michael J. Casale Jr. 64, of Williamsport, was charged Thursday by South Williamsport police and released on $25,000 unsecured bail. The arrest affidavit states Casale confessed and told police he knows he committed a crime.
Police said the investigation began March 14 after the woman reported finding a GPS tracking device and audio recorder while cleaning out her car.
She told police she had an on-and-off four-year relationship with Casale that she broke off in September 2015, the affidavit states. Casale told police he took the break-up hard.
She also told investigators Casale came to her home at 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 intoxicated, said he wanted to renew their relationship and told her he had checked her garage to see if her new boyfriend's car was there.
For a period after that, the affidavit states, she ran into Casale at different places and he texted her. He denied the encounters were related to the devices, police said.
The woman provided police a copy of an email she said she received March 15 from her apologizing for his "drunken visit," the charges state.
She told them he made a second apology by telephone on April 7, saying he had been obsessed with her and requested a face-to-face meeting to confess something, the affidavit states. The woman said she rejected the meeting request.
Casale told police he placed the devices last November or December so he could find out who she was seeing, the charges state.
He claimed several times he went to remove the devices but the car was locked, police said.
Casale is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, interception of communications and criminal attempt to intercept communications.
He told District Judge Gary Whiteman at his arraignment he is married.
The attorney consented to the suspension. (Mike Frisch)