According to the news report below, Joresa Diondra Jefferson, the false rape accuser whose lie touched off a manhunt across the Portland area and led to a "person of interest" submitting to a DNA test, is still on vacation, visiting relatives.
But never fear, when (if?) she comes back, police are going to throw the book at her -- she could get up to 30 days in jail and a $1,250 fine. You read that right: never mind the fact that if her lie had its intended effect, an innocent man could have gone to prison for decades. That's the most she can get under current law.
Do you sense a double standard in the way police treat men who are accused rapists and woman and girls who are known false accusers? Ms. Jefferson is permitted to finish out her vacation, despite the fact police know she lied. How does that compare with the men falsely accused of rape? Well, we could give example after example from just recent stories, but when Kara Dison lied that a man attacked her, her innocent male prey was apprehended within 30 minutes of the false claim, the police proudly announced. Or what about the Stockholm false accuser who was able to summon 14 police cars to save her from her supposed rapist?
The vacation aspect of the present case is reminiscent of the case where a young liar sent Cleveland Kennedy to jail for 75 days. While Mr. Kennedy endured that "terrifying ordeal," according to the news report, "as a 'treat', his accuser was taken abroad on holiday to get over her 'ordeal.' But then she agreed she had made it all up." Oh, and she wasn't even prosecuted for her crime. You see, it was not deemed to be in the "public interest" to prosecute her, and she escaped with a warning.
The local police in this Jefferson case are accustomed to these things, according to the news story below: "Last summer, another Molalla woman reported she had been raped. However, she also recanted her story, later admitting a sexual encounter with a man she knew had been consensual."
HERE IS THE STORY:
Woman recants Molalla rape report
by The Oregonian
Tuesday July 01, 2008, 12:56 PM
Police say they plan to cite an 18-year-old woman who reported a bogus stranger-to-stranger rape, triggering a manhunt across the Portland area.
Officer Scott Douglas, Molalla police spokesman, said police plan to cite Joresa Diondra Jefferson for initiating a false police report when she returns from visiting relatives in California. The charge is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $1,250 fine.
Jefferson told police she was walking home from a party about 1:30 a.m. June 21, when she was attacked, then raped on the sidewalk. She provided police with a description and worked with a sketch artist to create a likeness of her attacker. The apparently random nature of the attack had everyone on edge.
However, medical tests performed on Jefferson turned up no physical evidence of an attack.
"Then, when we confronted her with it, she recanted her story," Douglas said.
"We put a lot of time into that case," Douglas said. "With a small department like ours, we had to take a patrol officer off the street to investigate. It costs the taxpayers a lot of money when we get these false reports."
"We got tips from detectives and parole officers from across the area," Douglas said. "And then, we had to investigate each and every tip."
Police also persuaded a man they had identified as "person of interest" to submit a DNA sample.
Douglas said police believe Jefferson had been drinking at the party and later lied to her friends about her sexual activities.
"It just snowballed from there," he said.
Last summer, another Molalla woman reported she had been raped. However, she also recanted her story, later admitting a sexual encounter with a man she knew had been consensual.