Centre County ends contract with accused false reporter

Centre County officials have canceled the contract with the company whose owner is accused of lying to police about being sexually assaulted by a court-appointed client to hide an affair from her husband, a commissioner said Monday.

The county stopped the contract as soon as the false report charges were filed against 50-year-old Cindy L. Brumbaugh, of Howard, said Commissioner Steve Dershem.

Brumbaugh’s company, Bellefonte-based Actions Counseling, was the only counseling service to provide the county with a batterer’s intervention program. The value of the contract was not available, and Dershem said there was no cost to the county to quit the contract.

Court Administrator Maxine Ishler said the county is searching for another group to provide a batterer’s intervention program.

Brumbaugh is due in court next month for a preliminary hearing on the misdemeanor charges. Court records don’t list an attorney for her.

The accusation of a false report came about after Brumbaugh and a client were involved in a crash in August in Snyder County and had to be hospitalized. Police said she made up the story to explain to her husband what she was doing with the client.

According to the charging papers, Brumbaugh told police she was forced into a vehicle by the man, driven to Shamokin Dam near Selinsgrove and was sexually assaulted.

But the client had a different story. He told police the two had been having an affair and went to the area to spend the weekend together, according to the charging documents.

Police said Brumbaugh began seeing the man professionally in March when he was assigned by the court to Actions Counseling. During a session in June, she told the man she loved him and kissed him, police said.

Brumbaugh was notified of her charges by mail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 30.