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Mariner East 2 pipeline construction crews work in the backyards of homes on Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township, Chester County, on May 2. (Marie Cusick/WITF)

(West Chester) — Prosecutors say two Pennsylvania constables have been arrested for misusing their elected positions to work as “hired guns” for a natural gas pipeline.

The Chester County District Attorney’s office says 58-year-old Michael Robel and 47-year-old Kareem Johnson were charged on Thursday with official oppression, ethics act violations and related offenses.

During the office’s investigation into the Mariner East pipeline, prosecutors says they found the two men had been hired to do private security work at the pipeline.

Sinkholes on the lawns of homes in Chester County along the pipeline have sparked alarm from residents and prompted county and state prosecutors to investigate.

Charles Gaza, of the district attorney’s office, says the state “can’t have elected law enforcement officials hiring themselves out and using their public positions for personal profit.”

A call seeking comment Robel’s lawyer wasn’t immediately returned Thursday. No attorney is listed for Johnson.