People are outraged after a 38-year-old Pennsylvania woman, Christine Cromer, was sentenced to just 23 months in prison for falsely accusing two State troopers of rape.
The Citizens’ Voice, a news outlet for Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, reported that Cromer was charged with filing false police reports, along with unsworn falsification. She was convicted in April and Assistant District Attorney Angela Sperrazza required that for the damage of the troopers’ reputations her claims created, she must be faced jail time.
“This wasn’t one lie,” Sperrazza reportedly said. “This was continuous lies.”
Cromer claimed at trial that she had been in a relationship with the man while her marriage was struggling. She said the officer raped her in the front seat of his patrol car outside Mohegan Sun Pocono, the casino where she worked as a cocktail waitress after she tried to end the relationship.
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. At trial, Cromer claimed she misidentified the second officer during a “line up” because of not wearing her glasses.
“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.
Cromer and her husband were both arrested in April 2018 for drug trafficking charges. Earlier record in 2017 depicted that she had already been charged with falsely accusing the troopers of rape, and he had previously been arrested for allegedly handcuffing Cromer to a radiator and abusing her, The Times Leader reported.
In 2017, the left-wing outlet The Daily Kos suggested Cromer made her accusations after being inspired by the #MeToo movement, which insisted any claim against a man made by a woman must be instantly believed, implying investigations into any claims would be disrespectful to accusers.
Cromer’s testimony didn’t persuade the judge, she was found guilty and sentenced to 23 months in jail.
People are saying that Cromer faces too little jail time, compared to the damage she caused to the trooper’s lives, who might have faced years or decades in jail if convicted.