Oil City Woman Waives Hearing on Charges for Reporting False Domestic Assault Incident

| September 14, 2018

GavelOIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City woman who admitted that a violent incident she reported to police never actually occurred waived her preliminary hearing on related charges earlier this week.

According to online court documents, the following charges against 25-year-old Allison Whitman, of Oil City, were waived for court on Wednesday, September 12:

– False Alarm To Agency Of Public Safety, Misdemeanor 1
– Unsworn Falsification to Authorities, Misdemeanor 2
– False Swearing – Official Proceeding, Misdemeanor 2
– False Swearing – Mislead Public Servant, Misdemeanor 2
– Furnish Authority With Information W/O Knowledge, Misdemeanor 2

The case has been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Whitman remains free on $2,500.00 unsecured bail.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on January 20, 2018, Oil City Police Patrolman Lawton was dispatched around 10:11 p.m. to a private residence in the 300 block of Hoffman Avenue for a domestic disturbance.

Patrolman Lawton made contact with Allison Whitman who stated that during an argument, Steven Mark Spence had grabbed her by the throat, pushed a child to the ground, and shouted and cursed at another child.

On March 7, 2018, Patrolman Lawton received a notarized document from the Venango County District Attorney’s Office signed by Allison Whitman stating that the incident she reported did not occur and that she was under the influence of alcohol.

According to court documents, the charges filed against Steven Spence relating to the reported incident were dismissed on April 16, 2018.

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