WILKES-BARRE — Opening arguments are set to begin at 9 a.m. today in the case of a suspended state trooper accused of illegally accessing her ex-boyfriend’s cellphone account.
Carrie Ann Gula, 35, of West Pittston, will stand trial before Luzerne County Judge Lesa Gelb. A jury was seated earlier today, court officials said.
State police at Wyoming allege Gula accessed the Verizon Internet account for the cellphone of Exeter resident Eric Thomas on Aug. 1, 2012, without his permission, changed his password and falsely reported that he assaulted her.
Gula, who was arrested in December 2012, faces charges of computer trespassing, criminal use of a communication facility, unlawful use of a computer and making false reports to police.
She is represented by Kingston attorney Joseph Nocito.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, Trooper Lisa Brogan, from the Wyoming Barracks, interviewed Gula after the incident and photographed her to document any injuries, of which none were found. Other elements of Gula’s story also were called into question, troopers wrote, including items of furniture that were found to be intact when Gula told troopers they had been broken in the scuffle.
Gula, who worked at PSP’s Fern Ridge barracks in Monroe County, was originally slated to stand trial in November, but the case was pushed back after both sides agreed that more time was needed to prepare.