WILKES-BARRE — A wife accused of knowing her husband was allegedly sexually assaulting a girl waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Wednesday.
Evalynn Marie Buchanan, 35, of East Grand Street, Nanticoke, will now stand trial on two counts of endangering the welfare of children.
District Judge Donald Whittaker modified Evalynn Buchanan’s bail from $500,000 straight to 10 percent of $500,000, meaning she will need to post $50,000 to be released from the county lockup.
Her husband, Jason Buchanan, 36, opted to have a hearing on charges of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors. He remains jailed for lack of $500,000 straight bail.
According to criminal complaints:
The girl was examined at the Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center in December when she told a therapist that Jason Buchanan was “sexually using her.” Whenever he approached the girl, she would ask if he had to assault her, and Jason Buchanan would reply, “Yes, we have to.”
When Evalynn Buchanan confronted her husband, she accepted his excuses and failed to protect the girl.
Jason Buchanan told his wife he could not stop because the girl is beautiful.
A preliminary hearing for Jason Buchanan was rescheduled to Feb. 16.