A defense witness who testified as an expert at two DUI trials in Centre County and at others across the state has been accused of lying about his credentials.
Centre County prosecutors said that Joseph Citron, 68, faces felony perjury and misdemeanor false swearing charges for puffing his resume to qualify as an expert.
Citron is charged with lying on the stand in Centre, Clinton, Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Authorities have consolidated the charges and will pursue the case in Lancaster County.
The Atlanta resident was called as part of the defense for two Centre County residents facing separate DUI trials in 2011. In both of those cases, the defendants were found guilty on DUI charges despite his testimony, according to court documents.
Local prosecutors said Citron testified that he was appointed in 2000 by then-Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes to a statewide “Drunk Busters” task force that reviewed field sobriety test procedures with police departments.
He also testified that he taught those procedures to police while working as an instructor for the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.
Investigators in Georgia, at the request of prosecutors in Lancaster County, concluded that Citron testified falsely about his involvement with the programs.
Court dockets in the case don’t indicate whether Citron has been arraigned. An attorney for the man was not listed.