Crisis In The Family Courts

"Boyfriend" charged over child custody interference

Posted in Uncategorized by abatteredmother on June 7, 2010

Man who is not bio dad lies about being the bio dad to try to get custody when mom wants to moveaway, and claims the mom was abusive to HIM. (What a looker, too…) He has been convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the past as well. This is the way the world is now. The only thing keeping this scuzzbag from getting custody is the fact that it wasn’t his sperm. Here’s a GUY making false accusations–not that the FRs will notice.

Harveys Lake man charged over child custody interference

Edward Lewis

HARVEYS LAKE – A man was arrested on charges he lured a 4-year old child away from the mother and provided false information on court documents to gain custody of the child.

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Jack Covert, 51, of Second Street, was charged after the child’s mother claimed he took her son when he found out she was relocating to California, according to charges filed by state police at Wyoming and Luzerne County detectives.

She previously had a relationship with Covert that ended in September 2008.

Investigators said Covert is not the biological father of the child.

Covert was charged with two counts of unsworn falsification to authorities, and one count each of endangering the welfare of children and interference with custody of children. He was arraigned on Saturday and remained jailed Monday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.

Investigators allege Covert provided false information on two separate court documents – a motion for child custody and on an application for a protection from abuse on June 2.

In both documents, Covert misrepresented his relationship with the child, and claimed the mother was abusive to him, according to the criminal complaint.

A county judge issued a temporary PFA against the mother based on Covert’s application, court records indicate.

In an unrelated case, Covert was convicted by a Luzerne County jury in June 2001 of sexually assaulting a 14-year old girl inside his then tattoo studio on South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, in September 2000.

An appellate court ordered a new trial when the trial judge, Mark Ciavarella, outside the presence of prosecutors and Covert’s lawyers, discussed the case with jurors and suggested how they should deliberate.

Covert pleaded guilty to a reduce charge of indecent assault and was sentenced in April 2003 to 421 days time served, according to court records.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 10 before District Judge James Tupper in Kingston Township.

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