WILKES-BARRE — The preliminary hearing for a woman who allegedly filed a false rape report against a state trooper will be moved to the Luzerne County Courthouse.
The District Attorney’s Office requested the change due to safety concerns, specifically the defendant’s husband and his history of encounters with police.
Christine Cromer, 37, will have her hearing at 9 a.m. Dec. 22, as per an order signed by President Judge Richard M. Hughes III.
Preliminary hearings are now typically held in front of a magistrate at the new central court, located near the county courthouse on Water Street.
But a filing from Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis and Assistant District Attorney Angela Sperrazza claimed there were enough safety concerns in Cromer’s case to move the hearing to the more secure courthouse.
Salavantis and Sperrazza claim Cromer is typically accompanied to proceedings by her husband, who they say antagonizes law enforcement. They were worried the central court site could not be adequately secured.
The Plains Township woman is facing two charges of making false reports to law enforcement.
She claimed she was raped by Trooper Robert Covington in a State Police cruiser parked at the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino, but authorities say her story is riddled with inconsistencies.
Cromer was unable to accurately describe the interior of the vehicle she claims to have been raped inside, court papers note. She also incorrectly identified the trooper she claims to have raped her, instead identifying another trooper wearing makeup, police report.
People who worked with Cromer at the casino claimed she was infatuated with the trooper, records stated.