A 29-year-old expectant father was lucky: his wife believed his story and stood by his side after a woman falsely accused him of rape last year. His trial was supposed to start July 8, but recently obtained DNA evidence proved he couldn't have raped the false accuser.
"You can't even comprehend the amount of pressure put on a marriage and a family," the innocent man explained.
But of course false claims are a "myth," a "bugaboo." Funny how myths and bugaboos can tear families apart, isn't it? False rape claims don't occur in a vacuum; they have ripple effects. This family was one of the lucky ones.
Question: why aren't the police charging the false accuser as a matter of course? Is it because the prosecution of a woman whose rape lie might have put a man away for decades isn't high on anyone's list of important tasks? That would be my guess.
HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:
Charges dropped against Atascadero man accused of rape
Posted: Jul 1, 2008 9:15 PM EST
Tuesday, July 1, 2008Reported by: Kory Raftery
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office decides to drop rape charges against an Atascadero man.
Here are the Facts First:
29-year-old Rick Armet was accused of raping a woman last year.
He entered a not guilty plea in November.
His trial was set to begin July 8.
Armet said when the charges were dropped Tuesday, it was like someone lifted a weight off his shoulders. He said he wants people to know that he never had to go to trial because the district attorney's office knew he was telling the truth and that he did not do anything wrong.
The main reason Armet's case was dropped was the DNA evidence proved Armet could not have raped his accuser. The evidence, taken from the accuser's underwear, was tested during the week of June 20 through June 27.
With his pregnant wife and mother at his side, Armet told Action News how tough it has been for him to live facing false accusations.
"You can't even comprehend the amount of pressure put on a marriage and a family. It's very difficult. I'm very gifted to have such a great wife that's willing to stick by me and trust that my story is the truth," said Armet.
Armet said he is not sure whether or not he will file charges against the accuser. For now, he just wants to focus on family - namely his baby due in August.
Armet's lawyer, Ilan Funke-Bilu, said a dismissal this close to a trial date is highly unusual in San Luis Obispo County.