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Woman faces trial on assault charges

Victim alleges Tracy Lynn Snyder joined in sexual assaults.

WILKES-BARRE – Shaking and looking down from the witness stand, a 19-year-old woman testified on Tuesday that she sought help from Tracy Lynn Snyder about being raped in 2003.

Two days after disclosing that Snyder’s boyfriend, Fred Boston Jr., had raped her, Snyder sexually assaulted her and participated with Boston in other assaults, the woman testified.

The woman was the only witness called to testify by Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Jenny Roberts during Snyder’s preliminary hearing in Central Court.

After describing the alleged assaults that took place from 2003 to 2005, District Judge Thomas Sharkey of Hazle Township sent four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault, and two counts of endangering the welfare of children against Snyder to Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

Snyder, 38, of Hunlock Township, remains free on $10,000 bail.

Under a negotiated plea deal, prosecutors withdrew most felony sex offenses against Boston, who pleaded guilty to sexual assault in November 2006 and is serving a four-to-eight-year state prison sentence, according to court records.

“I proceeded to tell (Snyder) that Boston raped me while camping,” the woman said. “Two days later, she joined in on the acts.”

The woman said she was 13 years old when she disclosed to Snyder that Boston assaulted her. She said Snyder also physically assaulted her, causing bruises and cuts on her arms and legs.

The woman said she hid the bruises with clothes, and wore sweat pants and sweat shirts during gym classes in school.

On cross-examination by Snyder’s attorneys, Joseph Yeager and Vincent Cappellini, the woman said she lied to her doctor about how she suffered the bruises.

“I lied so it wouldn’t get worse,” the woman said.

During the investigation that led to Boston’s arrest in April 2005, Snyder was questioned by police.

Snyder told police that the woman had told her Boston had raped her. When she confronted Boston about the rape, she didn’t believe the woman because “her story did not match Fred’s,” according to arrest and court records.

The woman claimed Snyder sexually assaulted her on Thanksgiving in 2004, and on her birthday in 2005. Snyder participated in the sexual assaults with Boston, or Snyder would sexually assault her while Boston watched, according to arrest records filed by state police Trooper Lisa Brogan.

The woman said she hid the bruises with clothes, and wore sweat pants and sweat shirts during gym classes in school.

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