A former veteran detective for the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Police Department who was also a task force officer with the FBI and a member of the Cumberland County Drug Task Force was sentenced today to 75 months in prison for bribery, drug distribution, and making false statements. He was previously sentenced to 30 months in prison for bribery, drug distribution, and making false statements.
Details of Detective Collare
Following the conclusion of the trial, court documents and evidence presented at the trial revealed that Christopher Collare, now 54 and residing in Blythewood, South Carolina, used his official position to obtain sex from two female undercover agents, in exchange for agreeing to participate in prosecutions. In particular, in 2015, Collare agreed to take sex or money in exchange for failing to appear at an evidentiary hearing in order for a criminal complaint against him to be erased from his record.
Collare agreed to receive sexual favors in exchange for taking steps to lessen the likelihood of a future prison sentence in 2018. In addition to bribery, Collare was found guilty of supplying heroin in 2016, according to the jury. In addition, he was found guilty of lying in November 2015 on a federal form he submitted as part of the application process to become an FBI task force officer, as well as of making a series of false statements when examined by federal investigators in May 2018.
Involved in the investigation and prosecution of Collare
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney John C. Gurganus for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division and Special Agent in Charge Russell W. Cunningham of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (DOJ-OIG) Washington Field Office made the announcement.
The FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office, Harrisburg Resident Agency, and the DOJ-OIG Washington Field Office investigated the case.
Trial Attorney James I. Pearce of the Criminal Division’s Appellate Section (formerly with the Public Integrity Section) and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carlo D. Marchioli and Phillip J. Caraballo for the Middle District of Pennsylvania prosecuted the case.