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August 15, 2015

AG Kane confidant Patrick Reese remains on payroll

Policy requires suspension without pay for Reese

A driver and confidant of embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane remains on the job, despite being criminally charged with accessing secret grand jury information, according to NewsWorks.

Patrick Reese, a special agent who is part of Kane's protection detail, has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he rooted through the office’s emails.

That would be a direct violation of a judge's order to protect the secrecy of a grand jury that investigated Kane, who is charged with leaking grand jury information and lying about it.

Kane's spokesman told NewsWorks that Reese's employment status is "under review." A former police chief, Reese earns $99,658 annually.

His continuing employment appears to breach office policy, which says employees must be suspended without pay if they are charged with a crime related to their work.

The same rule states that employees who are convicted on work-related criminal charges "shall be terminated."

Kane has said she's innocent and will not resign.

She contended last week she was targeted as payback for uncovering a chain of “filthy” emails among state officials with inappropriate pornographic, racial and religious content.

She faces a hearing August 24 in Montgomery County, where she was indicted.