Trooper says battered girlfriend was coerced into claiming false report

Jul 08 2019 | 06:20 AM

    Nine days after Joseph Evans, 26, of Dingman Township was arrested for assaulting his 18-year-old girlfriend, the victim told police that she made a false report.
    Trooper Jessica Quinn, the investigating officer from the Pennsylvania State Police at Blooming Grove, discovered through recorded phone conversations that Evans coerced and intimated the victim into saying the assault never occurred. Evans was on parole at the time of the assault.
    At 2:45 p.m. on June 12, police arrested Evans at a residence located at Raymondskill Road and Black Bear Trail in Dingman Township and charged him with assault causing bodily injury.
    According to the police report, an argument between the two became physical when Evans chased his girlfriend into the bathroom, grabbed her head, and struck her face against the toilet bowl. Evans then dragged her across the hardwood floors. She managed to separate herself from him and run to safety at a neighbor's house, according to the report.
    The trooper found the victim with a black eye and multiple bruises on her face and body. The trooper took Evans into custody without incident and filed assault charges.
    Evans was arraigned by Judge Cooper, with bail set at $10,000, and housed at Pike County Correctional Facility.
    Evans was on parole out of Lackawanna County at the time of the assault. He is also being held on a detainer from Lackawanna, according to police. The assault violated Evans's parole.
    On June 21, the victim contacted Quinn to say she had made a false police report about the assault. Quinn believed the victim was being coerced and intimidated by Evans while he was incarcerated in Pike.
    On June 24, Quinn obtained recorded phone conversations from Evans during his incarceration in Pike County that show he coerced and intimidated the victim into filing a false report with state police stating the assault never occurred.
    The charges associated with this investigation were then amended. Evans was charged with Intimidation of Witnesses or Victims, Criminal Solicitation of Perjury, Criminal Solicitation of Unsworn Falsification to Authorities (two separate counts), and Criminal Solicitation of False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities.