WILKES-BARRE — A reputed motorcycle gang member and his wife, who is accused of making false rape claims against two state troopers, were arrested right in court Tuesday on drug trafficking charges.
Donald Cromer, 43, and Christine Cromer, 37, arrived at Luzerne County Central Court for Donald’s preliminary hearing on a charge he handcuffed her to a radiator and abused her for hours inside their residence on Maffett Street in Plains.
Both were free on bail in their respective cases — but that was about to change.
County Det. Chaz Balogh told District Judge Donald Whittaker that Donald is a danger to society, has threatened law enforcement officers, is a gang member and has a tattoo of a state police shield with bullet holes.
Assistant District Attorney Angela Sperrazza claimed Donald violated his bail conditions by almost “immediately” calling his wife from jail when he was arrested by Plains Township police on the false imprisonment charge March 6. He was free on $300,000 on the imprisonment allegation.
When Donald’s preliminary hearing was continued, Balogh advised Whittaker that state police had a warrant for the Cromers’ arrests.
As soon as Balogh made the announcement, Christine Cromer turned and silently said, “What?”
Troopers then immediately shackled the couple in court.
State police allege Donald sold crystal methamphetamine to a buyer at his Maffett Street residence Feb. 14, and with his wife delivered meth to a buyer on North River Street on Feb. 15.
Donald also delivered meth to a buyer on North River Street on March 15, criminal complaints say.
Judge Whittaker deemed the couple a danger and imposed no bail for both, resulting in their incarceration at the county lockup.
Christine had been free on $50,000 total bail on allegations she falsely accused a trooper of raping her inside a vehicle outside the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino, where she worked as a cocktail waitress, in August 2016. She also alleged in a protection-from-abuse petition that she was raped by a trooper at the casino on Nov. 9, 2016.
Her preliminary hearing on the false allegations is set for April 13.