The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has upheld a lower court’s ruling rejecting a criminal defendant’s motion for early termination of his probation despite the fact that his now-former probation officer engaged in a “personal relationship” with his girlfriend.

But the circuit court did take the district court to task for finding that the inappropriate relationship was likely to exacerbate the need for the defendant to continue undergoing mental health treatment as a condition of his supervised release and thus militated against early termination of his probation.

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