Police: Ex-Retreat inmate fabricated rape stories, threw urine

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A state inmate was arraigned Tuesday on charges he threw urine at a correctional officer and falsely accused guards of sexually assaulting him.

State police at Shickshinny said Adam Joseph Brown, 26, when housed at the Retreat state prison in Newport Township, falsely accused officers of raping him in a stairwell March 20 and again March 31. Brown is also accused in a separate incident for allegedly throwing urine March 31.

Online court records from Erie County say Brown was convicted after a jury trial in July 2014 of two counts of criminal attempt to commit homicide and other charges.

According to erienewsnow.com, Brown was convicted of slashing the throats of an 81-year-old woman and her 72-year-old husband during a home invasion.

He was sentenced to 60 to 120 years in state prison.

According to criminal complaints on the latest charges:

Brown was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township when he claimed he was raped by one or two correctional officers. He claimed the assault lasted a few seconds to a minute in a stairwell.

State police reviewed surveillance video that showed Brown in a stairwell for 11 seconds while being escorted by two correctional officers.

Brown refused to be interviewed by the trooper.

State police investigated a second claim by Brown alleging he was raped by two correctional officers while being escorted from his cell to the prison yard March 31.

Surveillance video showed there was not enough time for Brown’s allegations to be true as the escort to the prison yard was a short trip.

On the same day, a correctional officer was struck with urine thrown by Brown when he was told to remove an obstacle blocking a window in his cell.

Brown, currently housed at SCI-Smithfield in Huntingdon County, was arraigned via video by District Judge Joseph Spagnuolo Jr. in Luzerne County Central Court on separate counts of false reports and a single count of aggravated harassment by a prisoner. Bail on the three separate complaints was set at $35,000.

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By Ed Lewis

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