WEST PITTSTON – A state police trooper falsely accused her boyfriend of assaulting her because they were having trust issues in their relationship, according to charges filed Thursday.
Carrie Ann Gula, 34, of Franklin Street, West Pittston, was charged with falsely reporting that Eric Thomas assaulted her and with accessing Thomas' Verizon cellphone account and changing the password.
Gula was arraigned Thursday before District Judge Joseph Carmody on three counts of providing false reports to law enforcement, two counts of unlawful use of a computer and one count each of computer trespass, criminal use of communication facility and providing a statement under penalty of law.
Gula was released on $7,500 unsecured bail.
Gula graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey in 2009 and was stationed at the Fern Ridge barracks in Monroe County. She previously had been an officer in Exeter.
State police at Wyoming said Gula on Aug. 2 reported she was the victim of an assault at Thomas' residence the night before.
The following is what Gula told investigators according to the criminal complaint:
• She left work early on Aug. 1 and went to Thomas' residence and found him in the shower.
• Thomas got out of the shower and noticed Gula had answered his cellphone.
• She claimed Thomas pushed her to the floor and smashed a chair next to her.
• She locked herself in the bathroom. Thomas forced open the door that smashed a mirror.
• Thomas grabbed her around the neck and had a broken piece of mirror in his other hand.
• She alleged Thomas squeezed her neck, nearly causing her to pass out.
• Thomas spat on her uniform and she ran out of the house.
After Gula reported the alleged assault, state police began the investigation and quickly learned Gula did not have bruises on her neck. The bathroom door was not damaged and a mirror was not smashed.
Thomas reported his password to his Verizon cellphone account had been changed several times.
State police allege Gula's cellphone was used to access Thomas' Verizon account several times on Aug. 1, the complaint alleges.
Gula has been suspended without pay. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Dec. 19.
In September 2001, then-Exeter Borough Councilman John Petrucci was accused of asking Gula, who was then an officer in Exeter, not to file drunken-driving charges against his friend, Gary Ball. Police said Ball had been drinking vodka at Petrucci's home before being stopped.
Gula filed the charges and shortly after was not reappointed to her position. She was later reappointed and Petrucci entered the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program on a misdemeanor count of obstructing administration of law.
Gula filed a federal lawsuit against the borough and received a $115,000 settlement.
Edward Lewis, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 829-7196.