Prison inmate allegedly asked girlfriend to drop charges against him
When Stephen Redden was arrested last month on assault-related charges for allegedly striking his girlfriend, a judge warned the 45-year-old man that he was prohibited from having any contact or communication with the woman whether he was incarcerated or released on bail.
Unable to post $15,000 bail, Redden was committed to the Lycoming County Prison by District Judge William Solomon on Old Lycoming Township police charges stemming from the assault that occurred on Aug. 23.
While behind bars, Redden ignored Solomon’s warning not to communicate with the victim and placed several telephone calls to his girlfriend, Stacey Eckard, “directing her to be untruthful in her court testimony as to how she sustained her injuries,” an officer wrote in an affidavit.
Just one day after being jailed, Redden, of 280 Old Route 15, Cogan Station, began calling Eckard, police said.
In at least one of the calls, Redden allegedly directed her “not to testify and to drop the criminal charges against him,” the officer said.
Redden had his preliminary hearing on Aug. 28, and Solomon ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold him on charges of simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime. He allegedly punched Eckard several times in the head and struck her with a bottle after she picked him up at a bar, police said.
Eckard, who was treated at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, did not testify at the hearing.
She reported Redden’s alleged telephone calls to her after the hearing.
Redden has since been brought back before Solomon to face two additional charges of intimidation of a victim. He remains jailed in lieu of an additional $99,000 bail.