Monday, August 25, 2008

Woman who used false rape claim to cover up her own illegal conduct to stand trial

The following news story illustrates that false accusers are well-aware of the power of a false rape claim. False rape claims are intended to cast the liar as victim. The liar, of course, does not care about the effect of her vile falsehood on the men and boys who are victimized by it.

Disproving these lies is often very difficult, but the police department in the following case is to be commended for doing exactly that.

Now the false accuser herself will go on trial, despite the protests of her attorney that she's learned her lesson.

You don't get it, sir. This woman needs to be punished because only a jail sentence will cause other false accusers to think twice about using this horrid, hateful weapon as a means to cover up their own misconduct.


Woman to stand trial for falsely claiming rape

By ADAM BENSON, Press staff

BRISTOL - A Southington woman, who last year was "bullied" by family to accuse a police officer of raping her in his cruiser, will stand trial on charges she made false statements.

On Tuesday, Judge Joseph W. Doherty backed a prosecutor's claim that the severity of Michelle Ladd's allegations disqualified her from applying for an accelerated rehabilitation program that would wipe the charge off her record if completed successfully.

"The underlying facts in this case are just too serious. Why should this defendant, who made this type of claim, be able to just walk away," said Senior Assistant State's Attorney Ronald Dearstyne.Ladd, 22, of 33 Darling St. faces misdemeanor charges of falsely reporting an incident, two counts of making a false statement and interfering with police for her July 2007 claims.

On July 17, 2007, Ladd was at a party with friends when she left to allegedly buy crack cocaine.

"She didn't make it back to the party and received a phone call wondering where she was," police spokesman Sgt. Lowell DePalma said at the time.

"When she finally arrived at the party with no money and no crack, she said she was scared and told the people she was stopped by police."According to testimony given in court, Ladd told investigators a Southington patrolman, who caught her trying to buy drugs, said he wouldn't arrest her if Ladd agreed to have sex with him in his cruiser.

She also said the officer forced her into several sex acts with him. Ladd repeated her assertion to investigators on July 24, 2007 before recanting it in mid-January.Matthew Dyer, Ladd's public defender, told Doherty the woman was "bullied" into making the claim by family and friends who wanted her to cover up the group's drug use by insisting she was sexually abused.

"She is terrified of running into the system again," he said. "She's going to choose the pressure of the law over the pressure of her family the next time.

"While Ladd's charges fall under the scope of crimes eligible to be addressed through accelerated rehabilitation, Dearstyne said Ladd's claims had a profound financial and social impact on the Southington Police Department.

During the course of the investigation, more than 30 officers fitting a description Ladd gave were interviewed, and officials from the state police's Major Crimes Unit assisted local authorities.

It all added up to a major financial and professional drain on resources, Dearstyne said.

"The claim was made, and to some degree remnants of that claim remain out there, whether it's in the Southington Police Department or the community," Dearstyne said. "These are accusations that stayed within the Southington community for months. ... Each and every one of those patrol officers and detectives in Southington were affected."

Dyer pointed to Ladd's lack of a criminal record and decision to own up to her false claims as reasons for leniency."I think the point has been made to her," he said.

Doherty disagreed."I think this is a matter that should be tried," he said.Ladd is slated to appear in court again Oct. 1.

Adam Benson can be reached at or by calling (860) 584-0504, ext. 256