Principal charged with DUI
Published: April 29, 2014
Charges are pending against the principal of two elementary schools in the Tunkhannock Area School District who is suspected of driving under the influence.
Joseph Patrick Moffitt, 47, of Tunkhannock, was stopped by state police along Route 6 in Tunkhannock Twp at 2:42 a.m. Sunday, according to a police report filed by Tpr. Kevin Hibson of the Tunkhannock barracks.
The report notes that Moffitt was stopped for several traffic violations, and the officer determined Moffitt was driving under the influence and was subsequently taken into custody.
Charges are pending in Magisterial District Judge John Hovan’s court.
Moffitt also faced DUI charges for an incident on July 1, 2010.
In that case Moffit was allowed entry on Jan. 20, 2011, into Wyoming County’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program which creates the opportunity – usually for first-time offenders – to have a criminal charge expunged from an individual’s record if there is no further criminal history.
Although county court records show a penalty was satisfied on March 5, 2012,in the ARD matter, the case remains on his record.
Wyoming County Prothonotary Karen Bishop said Monday that the responsibility for requesting that a criminal record be removed after successful completion of an ARD is up to the defendant.
Moffitt has been principal of Evans Falls Elementary School in Monroe Township and Mill City Elementary School in Falls Township since June 2009.
Prior to that, he was the assistant principal at Tunkhannock Area High School, a position he held since December 2006. The Tunkhannock native had previously held the same position at East Stroudsburg High School South.