>A Philadelphia police detective charged last week with heading a conspiracy to illegally distribute anabolic steroids pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal magistrate court and was released on $50,000 unsecured bond.

U.S. Magistrate Linda Caracappa also put Keith Gidelson, 34, under 24-hour house arrest with electronic monitoring at his Waldemire Drive home in the city’s Andalusia section. He had been detained since his arrest on April 27.

Gidelson, a 14-year veteran, was a detective assigned to the special-victims unit, but had been out on disability before his arrest.

Two other police officers – Joseph McIntyre, 36, and George Sambuca, 25 – were also charged in the case and released on $50,000 unsecured bond. Sambuca has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and distribution of anabolic steroids and McIntyre has not yet been arraigned.

All three have been suspended from the force for 30 days with intent to dismiss.

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