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Accused rapist, PFA violator now charged with intimidation
Pocono Record - 10/12/2017
Oct. 12--Charged with raping a Monroe County woman in her driveway and then violating a Protection From Abuse Order she filed against him, a man is now accused of trying to have another man pressure her into dropping the charges.
Christopher Anthony Pask, 30, was charged this week with criminal solicitation to intimidate a victim into withholding testimony and criminal solicitation to tamper with/fabricate evidence.
Pask was charged Aug. 22 after the woman called police to her home and reported he had come there Aug. 16. She told police he had grabbed her by the hair, forced her to the ground in her driveway, pulled her pants down and raped her.
She showed police Pask's Facebook messages in which he apologized afterward for raping her. After she filed the PFA against him following the rape, he threatened via cellphone texts to return to her home, which violates the PFA, police learned.
Police put out a warrant for Pask's arrest after interviewing the woman. He was arrested two days later, arraigned on the rape and PFA-violation charges and placed in Monroe County Correctional Facility.
Pask then violated bail conditions, which ban him from further contacting the woman, by making multiple attempts to contact her from the county jail, police said. The jail became aware of this and blocked him from being able to reach her number.
Thirteen days later, on Sept. 6, Pask requested a visitor to the jail contact the woman and convince her to drop the rape charges, police said. He also requested the visitor get Pask's phone and delete any messages detrimental to Pask's case.
Two days later, on Sept. 8, Pask contacted the same visitor and said, "Tell her I'll give her my tax return money if she drops the felony charges," according to police.
During the following weeks, Pask made multiple attempts to have the visitor pressure the woman, "get her alone" and not give up, police said. When the visitor told Pask she's still unwilling to drop the charges, Pask told him to persist.
As of Thursday, Pask was still in county jail. The rape and PFA-violation charges have since been waived to county court, where he can go to trial or plead guilty or no contest on those charges.
Pask is awaiting a district court hearing to see if these latest charges likewise will end up in county court.
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