Criminal charges dropped against Ashville man

Defense: Accuser fabricated assault

Criminal charges filed against a Cambria County man have been withdrawn after his attorney said it was found that his accuser had fabricated allegations.

Joshua J. Crowley, 34, of Ashville, had been accused of attacking and choking a woman after an argument in a Gallitzin Township parking lot on Feb. 25.

A letter from Crowley’s attorney, Paul J. Eckenrode, dated April 26, claims the woman’s allegations were lies.

“The allegations against Mr. Crowley were fabricated by the alleged victim, presumably to cover the fact that she had stolen my client’s cellphone and perpetrated $1,200 damage to his car,” the letter reads.

Online court documents show the charges filed against Crowley were withdrawn on April 25.

An employee at Magisterial District Judge John Prebish Jr.’s office also confirmed that charges have been dismissed.

But neither confirmed the reason for that withdrawal.

In his letter, Eckenrode claimed the charges were filed against Crowley “upon receipt of the report from the alleged victim, prior to any investigation being performed by the police.”

“In domestic abuse cases, this has become the norm,” Eckenrode wrote.

State police Trooper Cliff Greenfield, the press contact for state police in Cambria County, did not return a requests seeking comment about Crowley’s case by Tuesday evening.

A request for information from the Cambria County District Attorney’s office also was not returned.

Eckenrode said the false allegations had a negative impact on Crowley’s reputation.

“Aside from my client suffering the humiliation of unjustifiably being viewed as a woman-beating monster, my client’s family’s business was also wrongly disgraced,” he said.

Eckenrode elaborated, explaining someone posted on an internet review website to “shame” the business because Crowley’s name had appeared in the news.

In the complaint filed against Crowley, his accuser is named as Chelsea Noble.

The state’s online Unified Judicial System website shows that a Chelsea R. Noble, 27, faces charges of theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief.

It is unclear if that is the same Chelsea Noble or if those charges are related to the alleged cellphone theft and car vandalism outlined in Eckenrode’s letter.

A criminal complaint filed against Noble was not available Tuesday, according to Prebish’s office.

Noble is to appear for a preliminary hearing at 1:15 p.m. June 13 before Prebish.

Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.

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