Ex-officer gets probation after plea in false report case

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 19, 2016 12:03 PM

(Pottsville) -- A former Schuylkill County police officer accused of making up a story about having been attacked and thrown down a highway embankment a year ago has been sentenced to probation as part of a plea agreement. 

Forty-two-year-old Melissa Ruch pleaded guilty Wednesday to false reports to law enforcement-falsely incriminating another.

Prosecutors withdrew a second count as well as charges of false alarm and furnishing authorities with false information. 

A judge ordered her to spend 12 months on probation and pay restitution, including medical and prosecution costs. 

The former West Penn Township officer said she was attacked by a large man in September 2015 on Route 309 near the top of the Blue Mountain in West Penn Township.

State police said they found inconsistencies in her account.

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