Cop Accused of Faking Attack Waives Right to Preliminary Hearing

A cop who is accused of faking an attack appeared in court Tuesday for her preliminary hearing.

On September 2nd, 2015, Melissa Ruch, a West Penn Township Police Officer reported that she had been assaulted and thrown over an embankment along Route 309 by an alleged assailant.  Police units from around Schuylkill County prompting a search for the attacker.

In December, authorities charged Ruch with faking the assault.

On Tuesday, Ruch appeared before Magisterial District Judge James R. Ferrier and waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

Ruch is charged with false alarm to an agency of public safety, falsely incriminating another, reporting an offense that did not occur.
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