A Pennsylvania woman who falsely accused two State Police troopers of rape was sentenced to just 23 months in prison for her crimes. She likely won’t even serve the full sentence.
False rape accusations are classified simply as filing false police reports, which is what Christine Cromer, 38, was charged with, along with unsworn falsification. The Citizens’ Voice, a news outlet for Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, reported that Cromer was convicted in April and that Assistant District Attorney Angela Sperrazza argued for the woman to face jail time since her claims damaged the troopers’ reputations.
“This wasn’t one lie,” Sperrazza reportedly said. “This was continuous lies.”
Cromer and her husband were both arrested in April 2018 for drug trafficking charges. She had already been accused of falsely accusing the troopers of rape in 2017, and he had previously been arrested for allegedly handcuffing Cromer to a radiator and abusing her, The Times Leader reported.
Cromer had claimed a State Police officer raped her in the front seat of his patrol car outside Mohegan Sun Pocono, the casino where she worked as a cocktail waitress. As the Voice reported, Cromer then changed her story and made the accusations against a different trooper who had interviewed her while investigating her claims against the first officer.
“Prosecutors alleged Cromer fabricated the rape allegations to retaliate on behalf of her husband, a former member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club who had been kicked out of Mohegan Sun Pocono,” the outlet reported.