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Defense: Indiana County woman victim in child porn framing case

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By The Associated Press
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 12:24 p.m.

CLYMER — A defense attorney says a western Pennsylvania woman ordered to stand trial on charges she tried to frame her estranged husband on child pornography charges is the “victim” in the case and denies wrongdoing.

Attorney Christopher Welch commented Thursday on behalf of 42-year-old Meri Jane Woods of Cherry Hill Township.

State police say Woods claimed on Aug. 14 that her estranged husband sexually abused children and put related images on their home computer. But police determined the images were put on the computer Aug. 11, long after Woods' husband had left the residence July 23, under a protection-from-abuse order she obtained.

Woods has waived her right to a preliminary hearing on child pornography and false report charges. Welch says his firm continues to investigate the incident and that, “She's the victim here.”

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