Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Police warn rape accuser about consequences of making a false claim: How incredibly refreshing

How incredibly refreshing: the police are justifiably skeptical about a rape claim (read the story below to understand why), and they don't rush in to arrest a hapless male based on nothing more than the woman's naked accusation.

Teen makes double rape claim

ALBANY — Police are trying to determine if an Albany State University student was in fact raped, or if she reported the alleged incidents after she found out she was pregnant, police reports show.

Tuesday, Albany Police officers met with Albany State Police officers and an 18-year-old student, who reportedly told police that she had been raped twice in two separate instances off campus by the same man, police reports show.

According to the report, the victim told police that she went on a date with the suspect on Aug. 23 when he took her to a house at an unknown location and had sex with her against her will.

She reportedly told police that she didn’t report the rape right away because the suspect said “that he knew all the police here in Albany and they will not believe her.”

The victim then told police that on Sept. 4, between 6 and 7 p.m., she was contacted by the suspect who apologized for the earlier incident and who then took her to a mobile home park near the university and again had sex with her against her will, according to police reports.

It wasn’t until she got sick and went to the nurses station at ASU and found out she was pregnant Tuesday, that she told police about the two incidents, according to the report.

Police noted in the report that they took the victim to where she told them she had been raped and positively identified the location.

Also in the report is a note that a police lieutenant who arrived on the scene to assist in the investigation warned the victim “of making a false statement of a crime and (the victim) insisted that she was raped.”

The case was turned over to the APD’s Family Protection Division but no arrests had been made as of presstime, APD Spokesperson Phyllis Banks said.