A judge on Wednesday dismissed stalking and criminal mischief charges against former Gloucester Township Councilwoman Crystal Evans, after the alleged victim failed to appear in court.
Evans' case was heard in Winslow Municipal Court, where it was moved to avoid a potential conflict of interest in Gloucester Township.
Municipal Court Judge Michael A. Diamond dismissed the charges against Evans without prejudice and said they could be reheard if the alleged victim comes forward within seven days with a legitimate explanation for not appearing during Wednesday's hearing.
The alleged victim was identified in court and in complaints filed against Evans as Angela DeLuca.
DeLuca reportedly lived with Evans' brother-in-law at the time of the alleged incident. She could not immediately be reached for comment following the hearing.
Evans, 48, was charged by Gloucester Township police in November 2012. The stalking complaint alleged Evans "placed several hundred telephone calls to the victim with the purpose to harass and put fear into the victim." In addition, the complaint alleged, Evans was seen "on or near the victim's residence unannounced and uninvited."
The criminal mischief complaint alleged Evans caused less than $500 in damage to the gutter downspouts on the victim's home.
The complaints were initially sent to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, which later remanded them to municipal court.
Following the brief hearing in Winslow Municipal Court on Wednesday, Evans declined comment, referring all questions to her attorney, William H. Buckman of Moorestown.
Asked why he thought DeLuca did not appear in court, Buckman replied, "I don't think she even wanted to go forward with this."
Buckman declined to address the specific allegations against Evans. But, he said, "It was a mistake to bring (the charges) in the first place. The prosecutor saw it as something that didn't belong" at the county level, "and that's why it was sent down here."
Evans served on Gloucester Township Council from 2008 to 2011. She was the first black woman elected to serve on the township's governing body.
Evans was elected as a Democrat, but fell out of favor with her party when she supported Republican Chris Christie in his successful 2009 gubernatorial campaign against Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine.
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