PSP Settles Suit With Woman Over Alleged Rape
A state police dispatcher who survived the 2014 sniper attack at the Blooming Grove barracks reached a tentative settlement of a federal lawsuit that alleged state police retaliated against her for reporting a trooper raped her.
Nicole Palmer, of Dunmore, filed suit in March 2017, claiming state police officials dissuaded her from reporting the alleged assault. When she insisted on pursuing the matter, she claims they went to extraordinary lengths to silence her, including having her involuntarily committed to a mental institution.
Palmer was the dispatcher on duty Sept. 12, 2014, when Eric Matthew Frein opened fire on the barracks, killing Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, of Dunmore, and severely wounding Trooper Alex T. Douglass, of Olyphant. Frein, 36, of Canadensis, in Monroe County, was convicted in 2017, of first-degree murder and other offenses and sentenced to death.
Palmer’s lawsuit sought damages on 10 counts, including false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual harassment and retaliation. The case was referred to U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson for settlement talks. Palmer’s attorneys, Kevin Dempsey and Michael Gallacher,wrote to the court Wednesday to report the case settled. Her lawsuit does not name the trooper she alleges raped her.
Details of the settlement were not immediately available because it has not been finalized. U.S. District Judge Robert D. Mariani issued an order Wednesday giving the parties 60 days to finalize the deal.
Contact the writer: