A police officer and his wife from Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty last week to charges stemming from quite the complicated situation. Keith Transue pleaded guilty to coercing his wife Robin after he planned to blackmail her for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old boy, the Associated Press reported.
Robin pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault and to plotting to kill Keith, a Bushkill Township police officer, as a retaliation to the blackmailing. Both Keith and Robin are 43 years old. It is unclear at this time if they have attorneys who can speak on their behalf.
Court documents revealed that Robin felt she could not leave her husband for fear that he would expose her 2010 affair with a minor. In turn, she tried to get Keith killed. Prosecutors claim she considered killing him and framing it as an accident. Possible scenarios for the planned death included a hunting accident, forced heart attack by medication or a house fire.
She was caught after her friend Richard Warner agreed to wear a wire and become an informant for police.
"Mrs. Transue freely talked about arranging for her husband's murder," District Attorney Michael Mancuso said. "All kinds of potential death scenarios were discussed."
Lehigh Valley Live reported that Keith didn't report the 2010 sex crime that his wife was responsible for. Instead, he used the crime as leverage.
"He would later tell a fellow officer that he had dirt on his wife that he would use if she tried to leave him," a district attorney's office said in a press release.
Police thanked Warner for helping with the investigation.
“We would commend the efforts of Mr. Warner whose cooperation with authorities likely prevented a homicide and also brought to light a sordid history of sexual assault and criminal coercion," First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso stated in a press release.
[Photo: Monroe County District Attorney’s Office]