WNEP Reports on Child Sex Charges Against Anchor’s Husband: ‘This is a very difficult night for us here’

By Merrill Knox 

Scranton ABC affiliate WNEP offered a candid look at a story that hit very close to home on Wednesday’s evening newscast (video above).

“This is a very difficult night for us here at the news station,” anchor Scott Schaffer said. “We learned this afternoon that Mark Kandel, the husband of Newswatch 16’s Marisa Burke, was arrested on charges of sex abuse involving a minor.”

Burke (pictured) is the noon and 6 p.m. anchor for the station. Her husband is charged with two felonies, including criminal soliciation to create child pornography, according to WNEP.

“I’ve met Mark and I know his wife, these are very very nice people. I just want people to understand that,” Kandel’s attorney said in a statement to reporters in Scranton.

After his arraignment, Kandel’s bail was set at $20,000.