Trooper Acquitted On All Counts

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WILKES-BARRE -- A suspended state trooper has been found not guilty on all charges at her trial in Luzerne County.

A jury of 10 men and two women returned a verdict after 5 p.m. Thursday, finding Carrie Gula, 36, not guilty on charges of computer trespass, criminal use of a communication facility, making false reports to law enforcement authorities, and unsworn falsification to authorities.

The trooper from West Pittston was accused of hacking into her boyfriend's cell phone account, and then lying to police about a fight, saying that he grabbed her.

On the stand yesterday, Gula says she had permission to log onto the account, and she was hit by boyfriend when she was wearing her state police uniform.

Prosecutors called her a desperate woman this morning, saying she's trying to incite rage in people who take the uniform seriously.

The jury deliberated for about five hours.

Carrie Gula is currently suspended from the state police without pay or benefits.


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