2008-11-20 / Local & State

Charges Withdrawn Against Attorney

CRESSON, Pa. (AP) - Prosecutors have withdrawn charges against an Altoona attorney who chained his pregnant girlfriend to a couch because she says she asked to be so she wouldn't go looking for drugs.

A Cambria County prosecutor says she couldn't go forward with the case against 40-year-old Mark Zearfaus after Angelique Lynch changed her story Friday. By withdrawing charges instead of allowing

a district justice to dismiss them, they could be refiled.

Police say they'll charge Lynch with making a false report.

Lynch was chained on Nov. 7 without a phone. She was freed seven hours later after yelling to a neighbor that she needed cigarettes.

Zearfaus had been charged with simple assault, false imprisonment and harassment.

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