- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman has received a probation for making a false domestic-violence complaint that landed the father of her child in jail for 18 days.

The Record (https://bit.ly/1FpmC5a) reports that Jeanette Crowley and a co-defendant, John DeWitt of Wanaque, also were ordered to pay $20,000 to compensate Michael Stitt for the amount he paid a bail bondsman to get out of jail following the bogus complaint.

The 53-year-old West Milford woman and the 55-year-old DeWitt pleaded guilty to providing false information to police. DeWitt was also sentenced to probation on a stalking charge.

Stitt attended the sentencing but did not speak. A Passaic County assistant prosecutor read a letter that Stitt wrote to the judge in which he said he was devastated by Crowley’s and DeWitt’s malicious scheme.

Stitt was arrested in September 2011 in front of his then-9-year-old son as the two returned home from a Boy Scout event. Police made the arrest based on an allegation by Crowley that Stitt stalked and assaulted her. Stitt was later charged with aggravated assault, stalking and criminal weapons possession.



Prosecutors eventually obtained evidence that the allegations were false and dismissed the charges against Stitt. They then charged Crowley and DeWitt with perjury and providing false information to police.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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