Thursday, August 14, 2008

Three victims of false rape claims are wrongfully arrested

In the story below, three victims of false rape claims were deprived of their liberty when they were incarcerated on the basis of a lie. The accuser subsequently recanted, and the victims were released.

No motivation for the lie is provided in the story.

The false accuser could receive a sentence of up to eight years imprisonment on the false statements alone.

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:

Lame Deer woman admits stabbing and lying about rape

By CLAIR JOHNSON Of The Gazette Staff

Krista Rae Little Head, 23, of Lame Deer, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to indictments charging her with making a false statement and with assault with a dangerous weapon.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Suek said Little Head reported to Bureau of Indian Affairs police Feb. 23 that she was raped by three men the previous night. She identified the men and provided details. Little Head made the same report to an Indian Health Service doctor and a Bureau of Indian Affairs criminal investigator.

Investigators arrested the three men Little Head identified and held them in the tribal jail, Suek said. Later, Little Head called and asked how to drop the charges because the rape didn't happen, she said. Little Head admitted she made up the allegation, and the men were released from jail.

The assault happened March 15, when Little Head and her boyfriend, the victim, were drinking in Lame Deer with friends. Little Head and her boyfriend argued and Little Head hit him in the face, then stabbed him four times in the chest with a 6-inch knife, Suek said.

Little Head faces a maximum 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the assault and eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine for making false statements.Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom set sentencing for Nov. 19. Little Head remains in custody.

Link: http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2008/08/13/news/state/20-assult_indictments.txt