Patrick Blessington of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Among Recipients of Pornographic and Misogynistic Emails

By Joshua Albert

Today Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane dropped a bombshell that numerous state officials have been involved in years of sexually explicit and misogynistic email exchanges. The list of participants is long, and includes former State Prosecutor Patrick Blessington, who now works for District Attorney Seth Williams.

According to documents obtained by Kane’s office, state employees involved including the head of PA State Police, Pennsylvania’s top environmental regulator, a former spokesman for Gov. Corbett, as well as employees within Kane’s office, all sent or received hundreds of dirty messages, videos and photos.

Angela Couloumbis writes for The Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau:

“The videos had titles such as “Cigar,” “Chin strap,” “Golf Ball washer,” “Nascar victory” and “Rocking Horse.” The photographs included naked women and motivational posters with slogans such as “Devotion” and “Willingness” that depicted women performing sexual acts on their male bosses.”

Also, explaining in a statement to press why she decided to release the documents the Attorney Generals office said:

“Attorney General Kane believes it is in the public’s best interest to have a good understanding of how its public servants conduct their business”

The information was obtained during Kane’s investigation into the Corbett administration’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky case. She also noted that her office is conducting an internal investigation into the revelations after it was reveled current employees may have been involved in the messages.

Patrick Blessington was appointed Chief of Special Investigations by District Attorney Seth Williams in June of 2011 after rising to the ranks of Senior Deputy Attorney General. Interestingly enough, according to a statement released by the District Attorney when Blessington was brought on board, while he was at the States Attorney Generals office:

“Mr. Blessington excelled at long term investigations of corruption matters. The occupations of those whom he has prosecuted to conviction ranges from  campaign workers and political consultants, committee persons, and ward leaders, to Township Commissioners, prison wardens, District Justices and a Common Pleas judge, to, most recently, legislative aides and elected members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.”

Blessington was also involved in the handling of the prosecution of the highest-ranking Catholic Church cleric charged and convicted in the landmark Philadelphia child sexual abuse trial, Monsignor William Lynn.

Read the full story by The Philadelphia Inquirers’ Angela Couloumbis.

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There are 4 comments

  1. Jose De Leon

    I have feeling that if I met Blessington, I wouldn’t like him. But at some point, He deserves the right to start over & hopefully hasn’t been behaving like this recently. But by the same token, These good ole boys need to respect Kane or face being fired. They have created a hell of mess trying to teach the new gal whose boss. She is & let’s get back to making more corruption cases.

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  2. Betty Jean Wilmington

    Blessington and his colleagues engaged in gross prosecutorial misconduct, threatening witnesses, hiding evidence, and who knows what else to serve Corbett’s political objectives. I’m praying to God that the destruction this man wreaked will come to light. We’ve seen only the tip of the iceberg.

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  3. Pennsylvania’s Top Judge Warns Colleagues: Porn Emails May Violate Code of Conduct | The Philly Declaration

    […] State officials now implicated in the scandal include Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Chris Abruzzo, former Secretary of Legislative Affairs Chris Carusone, former press secretary and current Corbett re-election advisor Kevin Harley, DEP oil and gas regulator Glenn Parno, and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Special Investigation Chief Patrick Blessington. […]

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  4. Vpd

    This is both criminal conduct and a clear depiction of character defects.
    Where are the criminal charges and the immediate dismissal from lifetime positions of government political hack??

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