Bradford County district attorney won’t seek re-election

Bradford County District Attorney Albert Ondrey, who lost an election to Chad Salsman only to replace him when Salsman resigned under a cloud of sexual assault allegations, announced Thursday he will not seek re-election.

Ondrey, who spent several years as chief assistant district attorney under then-DA Daniel Barrett, ran in 2019 to replace Barrett, who was retiring, but lost both a Republican primary and the general election to Salsman.

However, in early 2021, more than a year into Salsman’s term, then-Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Salsman was being charged with multiple felonies — including sexual assault, indecent assault, intimidation of a witness or victim, obstruction of justice and prostitution.

The charges stemmed from allegations made by five women who were clients of Salsman when he was an attorney in private practice.

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Salsman originally denied the charges and vowed 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 misdemeanors.

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Salsman also agreed to resign immediately, and in July 2021 was sentenced to up to five years in state prison.

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