Woman admits to not reporting husband’s alleged child rapes

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A woman accused of allowing her husband to rape a girl without reporting it has pleaded guilty.

Her husband, meanwhile, has a new trial date set at the request of his attorney.

Christina Solt, 52, and husband Clyde, 58, both of Freeland, appeared before Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough on Tuesday.

Mrs. Solt pleaded guilty to a single count of endangering the welfare of children. A count of corruption of minors was withdrawn as part of her guilty plea.

Vough set Mrs. Solt’s sentencing for Oct. 15.

Her husband, who is facing charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, rape of an unconscious victim, statutory sexual assault and other related counts will stand trial Sept. 24.

Mr. Solt was initially scheduled to go to trial Tuesday. But public defender Michael Charles Kostelaba filed a motion requesting more time, which Vough granted.

An investigation into the Solts first began after Mr. Solt reached out to therapists for help.

Authorities said he had been sexually assaulting a girl for years, beginning when she was only 8. He was arrested in May 2017.

Mrs. Solt was charged soon after. Police said she was aware of the abuse, but never reported it.

She told police she confronted him about the abuse, and he told her it wouldn’t happen again. She said after another incident, she told her husband to leave their home.

Court records show Mr. Solt has been in prison since his arrest for lack of $250,000. Mrs. Solt has been out on $50,000 bail since shortly after she was charged.

Christina Solt
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By Patrick Kernan

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