Gov. Corbett's police officer son-in-law is suspended with intent to dismiss

In this Jan. 18, 2011 photo, Philadelphia narcotics police officer Gerold Gibson sits in attendance of his father-in-law Gov. Tom Corbett's gubernatorial inauguration at the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Several media outlets citing anonymous sources are reporting Corbett's son-in-law is under investigation by the FBI and internal police investigators. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this Jan. 18, 2011 photo, Philadelphia narcotics police officer Gerold Gibson sits in attendance of his father-in-law Gov. Tom Corbett's gubernatorial inauguration at the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Several media outlets citing anonymous sources are reporting Corbett's son-in-law is under investigation by the FBI and internal police investigators. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (AP)
Posted: February 24, 2013

Gov. Corbett's embattled son-in-law, Philadelphia Police Officer Gerold Gibson, was suspended Friday for 30 days without pay with the intent to dismiss, the Police Department said.

Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey made the decision after reviewing an internal investigation into Gibson's alleged misconduct.

Several of Gibson's fellow officers voiced suspicions last fall that Gibson, 43, a narcotics officer, was stealing clothing, sneakers, and jewelry from the homes of suspected drug dealers during raids and warrant executions, Ramsey and police sources have said.

A three-month investigation concluded several weeks ago when Gibson allegedly pocketed $140 from a car wired with surveillance cameras during an FBI and Internal Affairs sting.

Richard DeSipio, the lawyer representing Gibson, did not return phone calls seeking comment Friday. Representatives of Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police could not be reached for comment.

Janet Kelley, Corbett's spokeswoman, said Friday: "We are not commenting other than to repeat the statement the governor issued originally on Jan. 31."

In that statement, released the day the Gibson investigation became public, Corbett said: "I was surprised and concerned to learn about the allegations regarding my son-in-law Gerold Gibson. Susan and I continue to give our family our love and support."

Sources said the couple had separated.

The District Attorney's Office will decide whether to prosecute Gibson.


Contact Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman at sabdur-rahman@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @sabdurr.

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