Pittsburgh Reporter Convicted for Trespassing

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Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET Nov. 13

(AP) A newspaper reporter was convicted of trespassing at a chemical plant while apparently working on a story about security with a CBS 60 Minutes correspondent and a freelance cameraman.

District Justice Carla Swearingen in Robinson, just east of Pittsburgh, found Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Carl Prine guilty on Monday. The charge carries a $25 fine.

Attorneys for the Tribune-Review said they planned to appeal.

Also charged in the Sept. 22 incident at the chemical plant on Neville Island, on the Monongahela River, were Steve Kroft, an investigative reporter for 60 Minutes, and Gregory E. Andracke, a longtime freelance contributor to the program.

CBS officials have declined to comment on the story Kroft was working on. Prine earlier this year wrote a series of stories for the newspaper on the dangers of lax security at chemical plants.

No hearing has been set for Kroft. Andracke pleaded guilty.

CORRECTION: This story orginally erroneously stated that Steve Kroft and two others cited for investigating a chemical plant, cameraman Gregory Andracke, and a newspaper reporter, Carl Prine, had been arrested for trespassing. The men were never placed in custody and were mailed citations, a local magistrate’s office said. The above text has been corrected.

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