Assault victim jailed to ensure she’ll testify
In a rare legal move, county detectives sent a victim to jail Thursday to ensure she will participate in a trial for a man accused of kidnapping and beating her.
Faith Bronson isn’t under arrest. But she will remain in Lackawanna County Prison until she can post $25,000 bail set by Judge Michael Barrasse or until Ross Bonaddio’s trial, scheduled to begin Sept. 7.
Bronson, of Scranton, formerly of Nicholson, told police in January that Bonaddio, her boyfriend, held her captive and beat her to remove the aliens he believed were inside of her.
Scranton police said he screwed the doors of his home shut, so she could not leave. After three days, she escaped and a neighbor called police.
When officers arrived, Bronson, 34, was back inside the home with Mr. Bonaddio, 45, 1210 Swetland St. After breaking down the door, officers found her covered in bruises.
Authorities have been unable to locate Bronson for two months, and a review of Bonaddio’s recorded phone calls at the county jail showed conversations where Bronson said she was unwilling to cooperate, Deputy District Attorney Gene Riccardo wrote in a request to have Bronson detained.
She also sent a letter to Riccardo indicating that she wanted to recant her statements.
The law allows bail to be set for a material witness if there is reason to believe the witness will not appear for court. The witness will remain in jail until they have made their court appearance or until they post bail.
Riccardo explained that Bronson has not participated in court proceedings thus far, but she must be present at the trial because Bonaddio has the right to face his accuser.
He said there is also an independent witness who will testify about Bonaddio’s actions.