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Former Sheriff's Deputy Charged with Aggravated Assault

A former Luzerne County sheriff's deputy caught up in a love triangle was back in court today.

She is now facing more charges stemming from a scuffle back in August.

Jennifer Roberts now faces a more serious charge of aggravated assault after police say she attacked Sheila Sult, back on July 22nd.  Police say Roberts was angry that her ex-girlfriend, Mary Jean Farrell, was now seeing Sult.

Back in March, Roberts and Farrell filed protection from abuse orders against each other while they were both working as sheriff's deputies in Luzerne County.  Roberts was fired back in August, and Farrell has been out on medical leave. Roberts was back in court for a hearing on charges stemming from that July 22nd incident.

According to testimony, the assault happened at the victim's South Wilkes-Barre apartment.  The victim allegedly posted Facebook messages about Roberts. Roberts showed up to the residence and barged her way through the door, threw the victim over a love seat, and punched her several times.

"It should have never have happened. She should have known better," said Mary Jean Farrell as she left today's hearing.

Farrell testified she was outside Sult's home during the attack, and said Roberts punched Sult several times.

Sult suffered a black eye, bruises, and will need surgery on a herniated disk in her neck.  Roberts' attorney says she will continue to fight the charges, including the new charge of aggravated assault.

"It was something that I was not expecting.  I think that some of the information testified to today was not within the affidavit of probable cause provided. It's nothing else, nothing different that we won't continue to fight along with the other charges," said Allyson Kacmarski, Roberts' attorney.

Roberts is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, burglary, and harassment.  All charges were carried over to Luzerne County court for a possible trial.


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