FARRELL — A district court withdrew multiple charges Friday against a city council member.
At a preliminary hearing in Judge Mary Odem’s court, the court withdrew charges of harassment, stalking, driving while suspended or revoked, and subsequent conviction of general offenses against Clifford M. Gregory, 40, 300 Roemer Blvd., after a mutual agreement between the defense and prosecution.
According to the criminal complaint, a woman with a PFA order against Gregory told police on Aug. 6 that Gregory contacted her by phone calls and text messages, and drove by her house at night.
However, Gregory’s defense attorney, Ryan Bonner, argued that the PFA violations were not, as the woman claimed, initiated solely by Gregory.
The woman in question was not present for the preliminary hearing, because she was in Texas. Patrolman Geoffrey Ballard of the Farrell Police Department said the department will continue to investigate the woman’s allegations against Gregory.
After withdrawing the charges, Odem advised Gregory against any further interaction with the woman, regardless of who initiates the contact, since there is an order by the Common Pleas Court against it. Gregory was then released on his own recognizance.
Gregory’s current four-year term as a Farrell council member ends on Dec. 31, and he failed to win a nomination in the May Democratic primary.
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