Former UPitt officer faces endangerment charge

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A suspended University of Pittsburgh police officer is scheduled to stand trial on allegations he held a knife to his son’s throat.

District Judge David Barton dismissed a simple assault charge against 39-year-old Scott Kercher, of Pittsburgh, but kept charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children at a Tuesday hearing.

Kercher’s attorney, William Difenderfer, says a slight wound that was attributed to the alleged acts turned out to be a brush burn the 8-year-old boy sustained while horsing around with his father. Difenderfer says preliminary testimony included several inconsistencies compared to the criminal complaint.

Kercher’s two children told authorities that Kercher put a knife to the boy’s neck and threatened to cut out his tongue on March 25.

Kercher is suspended without pay.

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