Johnson County constable sentenced on prescription drug charges

A Johnson County constable pleaded guilty Friday to four counts of obtaining a prescription by fraud in connection with "doctor shopping" for painkillers, the state attorney general's office announced Tuesday.

Constable Terry Ward, 47, of Williamsport was sentenced to three years in prison, but he won't have to serve that sentence if he meets the terms of a five-year probation. As a condition of his probation, Ward must serve 90 days in the county jail or complete an in-house rehabilitation program.

Ward was accused in April of trying to obtain hydrocodone, a narcotic painkiller, from several Johnson County doctors. Constables are peace officers who have the power to arrest and serve warrants, subpoenas and other court orders.