Fired officer, Corbett's son-in-law, charged with theft

Posted: July 05, 2013

A fired Philadelphia police officer who is a son-in-law of Gov. Corbett was charged Wednesday with theft and related offenses stemming from a sting operation set up to catch him stealing while on duty.

Gerald Gibson, 43, was released on his own recognizance following a preliminary court appearance early Wednesday evening.

A spokesman for Corbett did not respond to a request for comment.

In a January statement, Corbett said: "I was surprised and concerned to learn about the allegations regarding my son-in-law Gerald Gibson. Susan and I continue to give our family our love and support."

John McNesby, president of Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police, could not be reached for comment.

Gibson, a narcotics officer, was suspected of stealing sneakers, clothing, and jewelry from alleged drug dealers' homes during raids.

A three-month investigation allegedly caught Gibson in January pocketing $140 from a car wired with surveillance cameras during an Internal Affairs and FBI sting. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey then fired Gibson.

Sources have said Gibson is separated from the governor's daughter Katherine.

Gibson, whose next court date is July 8, is charged with theft by deception, receiving stolen property, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, obstruction of administration of law enforcement, and tampering with evidence. All are misdemeanors.

Contact Robert Moran at 215-854-5983 or, or follow @RobertMoran215 on Twitter.

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