Thursday, January 22, 2009

False rape accuser gets slap on the wrist

Here are two news accounts about the Ohio woman whose false rape claim was said to be caused by "bad judgment." She was given the legal equivalent of a slap on the wrist -- two years "community control" and less than $2,000 in fines, and then she was let loose to prey on other innocent men.

Wapakoneta Woman To Pay Overtime In False Rape Report

MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio -- Two days after she reported to Miami County deputies that she was raped, Melissia Turner, 40, of Wapakoneta admitted that she lied.

Monday afternoon in Miami County Common Pleas Court in Troy, Turner was placed on two years community control and ordered to reimburse the sheriff's department $892 for the overtime paid to detectives to investigate the claim of rape.

On May 19, Turner reported that she was raped under the covered bridge on the banks of the Great Miami River north of Troy off Eldean Road.

Turner was also ordered by Miami County Common Pleas Judge Robert Lindeman to pay a $1,000 fine.

If Turner violates the terms of her probation, she could face up to one year in the Ohio State Reformatory for Women in Marysville.


Woman sentenced for false rape report

TROY — A Wapakoneta woman will be paying authorities $892 for the overtime detectives used to investigate her false claim of being raped.

Melissa Turner, 40, told the sheriff's office May 19 she was raped on the banks of the Great Miami River, under the Eldean Bridge north of Troy. She admitted May 21 that she had lied, according to court documents.

She pleaded guilty to the felony charge in November and was sentenced Monday, Jan. 12 to community control and order to reimburse the Miami County Sheriff's Office.

In court Monday, Turner said the incident showed "bad judgment" on her part. "I do want to apologize," she told Judge Robert Lindeman in Common Pleas Court.

Defense lawyer William Kruge said Turner's actions were out of character. He said she had no felony record and said Turner was "concerned about what she should do that day" when an encounter went beyond what she thought she had consented.

Lindeman said the likelihood of Turner ever committing the same type of offense again "is just about nil."

She was ordered to complete two years of community control, fined $1,000 and ordered to make restitution. If she violates condition of the probation, she faces up to one year in prison.