A Sheraden man accused of filing an unfounded protection-from-abuse petition against a Pittsburgh police commander last year pleaded guilty to the charge on Monday.
Andrew M. Lee, 46, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to one count of obstruction of administration of law in connection with the application he filed against Zone 1 Cmdr. RaShall Brackney, Mike Manko, a spokesman with the Allegheny County district attorney's office, said.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward Borkowski also ordered Mr. Lee, owner of Executive Cigars on the North Side, to undergo a mental health evaluation, pay a $2,500 fine and have no contact with the commander.
Mr. Lee claimed he had an intimate relationship with Cmdr. Brackney, whom he said came after his business after he left her for someone else.
Reached by phone Monday, she said she was "grateful" the ordeal had finally come to an end, though its impact was wide-reaching, costing her professionally, personally and financially.
"You can never recuperate those kinds of things," she said.
Cmdr. Brackney said the PFA petition was an attempt to derail a police investigation into illegal activities at Mr. Lee's business.
"He effectively handcuffed us from continuing our investigation into his business, and it was a very, you know, a devastating attack on law enforcement, me personally and the criminal justice system at large," she said.
In a news release, Chief Regina McDonald said: "With Commander Brackney's hard work and community support this individual [Lee] was brought to justice and will no longer be a nuisance to the community. Although Commander Brackney had the support of the community and businesses within Zone 1, it is now hoped that with this decision, her good name and reputation will be restored."
A PFA petition is an unproven allegation filed in civil court. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kelly E. Bigley dismissed the order May 17, 2012, saying Mr. Lee's claims were "an absolute abuse of the system."
Mr. Lee's business was foreclosed upon earlier this month, Cmdr. Brackney said.
Mr. Lee also has a separate, unrelated welfare fraud case pending.
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