GALLIPOLIS — A Gallipolis woman was recently sentenced to 17 months in prison for violating her community control stipulations after being found guilty Monday in Gallia County Court of Common Pleas.
Christie Cremeans, 44, was originally convicted of attempted tampering with records in November 2014. Cremeans’ felony conviction came about from her placement on probation through Gallipolis Municipal Court. As part of her original probation terms, Cremeans was placed on house arrest and had a monitoring bracelet fastened to her.
While on house arrest, Cremeans removed the device by cutting the bracelet and disposing of it. Because of her prior actions, Cremeans was indicted by the Gallia County Grand Jury in February 2015 for tampering with records, specifically by tampering with the electronic monitoring device belonging to a government agency.
In August 2015, Cremeans pleaded guilty to the attempted tampering with records charge and was put on community control through the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas court, ordered to complete an inpatient drug rehabilitation program, and spend a six-month minimum in a transitional housing facility to become reintegrated into the community.
According to Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins, Cremeans had been attempting to smuggle heroin into the rehabilitation facility and was discovered. She was then removed from the facility for the action. Her probation was revoked after charges were filed. With a common pleas court hearing, Cremeans was found guilty and ordered to serve the 17 months in a prison facility.
“The court system tried at every step to help this defendant and set her up for a drug-free life,” Adkins said. “However, she was not ready to make the commitment herself. The rehab facility and the general public should not have to provide for someone who is unwilling to take their own steps toward sobriety. It is my sincere hope that this defendant can emerge from prison ready to make a change for the better.”
Dean Wright can be reached at (74) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.