TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Police: Wife tried to frame husband for porn

Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, 9:31 p.m.
 

An Indiana County woman who blamed her estranged husband for placing images of child pornography on a home computer has been charged with creating those files and then lying to authorities about them, state police said.

Meri Jane Woods, 42, of Cherryhill Township started the investigation by the Southwest Computer Crime Task Force by going to the Indiana barracks on Aug. 14. She claimed her estranged husband had committed numerous criminal acts and had placed images of child pornography on the family computer, police said.

Cpl. John Roche said that a thorough examination of the computer revealed that all of the images of child pornography were written to the computer's hard drive on Aug. 11, according to a criminal complaint. Woods' husband told police he left the home on July 23 and never returned, the complaint said.

He was ordered out of the house under a protection-from-abuse order obtained by Meri Woods, police said.

She was charged with one felony count of sexual abuse of children for allegedly possessing a computer containing images of child pornography and 40 misdemeanor counts of unsworn falsification to authorities for allegedly accusing her husband of involuntary sexual deviate intercourse and sexual abuse of children.

Woods was arraigned on Thursday by Blairsville District Judge Jennifer Rega and released on $25,000 unsecured bond.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Indiana

  1. Police investigate stabbing near IUP; victim’s condition critical
  2. Indiana County Technology Center commits $600,000 to Challenger/STEM addition
  3. Five years of growth marked at IRMC’s Blairsville care center
  4. Police investigate stabbing near IUP campus
  5. Saltsburg residents urged to call 911, not borough office, for emergency assist
  6. Ken Heming returns to post on United School Board
  7. Indiana County man dies in overnight car crash
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.