Bradford County District Attorney Albert Ondrey, who lost the election to Chad Salsman only to replace him when Salsman resigned under a cloud of sex allegationsannounced Thursday that he will not seek re-election.
Ondrey, who for years served as assistant attorney general under DA Daniel Barrett, ran in 2019 to replace Barrett, who is retiring, but lost both the Republican primary and the general election to Salsman.
However, in early 2021, more than a year into Salsman’s tenure, then-Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that Salsman had been charged with multiple crimes – including sexual assault , indecent assault, intimidation of a witness or victim, obstruction of justice and prostitution.
These charges stemmed from allegations made by five women who were Salsman’s clients when he was a lawyer in a private office.
Salsman initially denied the charges and pledged to remain in office, but in May 2021 he pleaded guilty in Bradford County Court to charges of promoting prostitution, a felony, along with intimidation of victims and obstruction of justice, both felonies.
Salsman also agreed to resign early, and in July 2021 he was sentenced to imprisonment for five years.
Bradford County judges Maureen Beirne and Evan Williams named Ondrey, who went into private office after losing the 2019 election, to serve as acting district attorney until the end of 2021.
Ondrey won election that fall to serve out the remainder of Salsman’s term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2023.
Ondrey, who plans to retire after working as a lawyer for 40 years, said in his announcement that he has achieved what he set out to do when he was appointed.
“My goal was to restore trust in the office after the unfortunate events that led to the resignation of the previous district attorney and I believe I have accomplished that,” Ondrey said.
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