A woman who said she prostituted herself to support her drug use told a federal jury on Friday that she had repeatedly had sex with a former Carlisle Police Detective who gave her heroin .
Retired detective Christopher Collare also informed her of a police raid on the home of her drug trafficker boyfriend, the woman said on day four of Collare’s corruption trial.
The woman said that after her boyfriend’s arrest, Collare reneged on an agreement that she had sex with him in exchange for her promise not to attend a court hearing in the hope that the charges against her boyfriend be dismissed.
“I knew he was a dirty cop,” she said during questioning by prosecutor James Pierce.
Defense attorney John Abom focused on the woman’s long criminal record and how she repeatedly told FBI agents that she had never even met Collare, 53, who was once a star of the Cumberland County Drug Task Force.
After Pierce called her to the witness stand, the woman said she first met Collare in 2013 or 2014 when he responded to an ad she placed on a website used to organize sex. She said she worked as a prostitute to support her heroin addiction.
She and Collare had sex in her car in a secluded location near the Taco Bell in Carlisle, the woman said. Then Collare gave her $ 150 and heroin, she said. “It had a stamp on it, ‘Pitbull’,” she said when Pierce asked her to describe the packaging of the drug.
The two have met for sex four or five times, the woman said. She was on parole at the time, and Collare told her he knew it, she said. He called her to warn him of an impending police raid on her boyfriend’s house in Carlisle in 2015, she said.
After her boyfriend’s arrest, she said she had sex with Collare twice to seal a deal that the detective would skip an evidence suppression hearing so that the case against her boyfriend would be rejected. She said Collare also gave her some of the heroin seized during the raid.
The case against the woman’s boyfriend was dismissed for evidentiary reasons.
In cross-examination, Abom noted that Collare appeared at the removal hearing. The case was closed due to an error by the woman’s boyfriend’s parole officer, Abom said, so Collare had no role in the case’s collapse.
Abom pointed out that the woman denied during repeated initial FBI interrogations that she ever had sex with Collare. He asked her if her decision to finally accuse Collare was based on a “friendship” she had formed with a male FBI agent.
“I wouldn’t call it a friendship,” replied the woman. “He encouraged me in my life to do the right things. “
When Abom tried to get the woman to read a letter she had written to the officer, Pierce objected and U.S. Intermediate District Judge Jennifer P. Wilson upheld the objection.
This woman was the third woman to testify at the trial that she had sex with Collare. On Thursday, one of those women said Collare raped her in a community park. These three accusers were confidential informants who had purchased drugs under Collare’s direction.
Another former informant said Thursday that the reports Collare filed about the purchases she made for him are not accurate. Reports Pierce showed her overestimated the amount of drugs she allegedly bought and listed payments for cash rewards she never received, she said.
She cited a report where two grams of cocaine were allegedly purchased for $ 60. “It’s $ 200 worth of cocaine. You don’t get this for $ 60, ”she said.
The woman, who said she was now clean, said she used the money Collare gave her to buy crack cocaine.
During questioning of Abom, the woman said that she and Collare had never had sex. He never gave her drugs either, she said.
When Abom suggested that her drug addiction may have clouded her memories of her job as an informant three or four years ago, the woman replied, “Cocaine doesn’t take away your memory.