COMMENT: The young man has been asked not to be named, and that request has been honored so far. Lauren Chaffey, the false accuser, has been sentenced to 5 months in jail. In this case, she sent text messages to friends and even to the young man, talking about the consensual sex, after it had happened.
An interesting thought occurs....If this young man was "blind drunk,"doesn't that mean that he was too inebriated to give consent to sex, and doesn't that make Lauren Chaffey is a rapist? Based on the outcry that occurs when the genders are reversed, shouldn't that be the case?
Police Det Con Janice Cruttwell said it best: "...I would also like to take this opportunity to point out to anyone who believes that they can waste police time and resources by making a false report of crime, that we can and will take action against them."
HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:
Woman sentenced to 5 months for false rape claim
A MAN who was falsely accused of rape by a woman he met on a night out celebrating his birthday has spoken of his ordeal.
The innocent man spent 24 hours in a police cell after 21-year-old Lauren Chaffey told detectives he had sexually assaulted her.
But Chaffey, of Huddersfield Road, Rochdale, was exposed as a liar by text messages found on her mobile phone suggesting the couple had consensual sex. She was jailed for five months after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice.
Her 24-year-old victim, who asked not to be named, told the MEN he feared his life would be destroyed by the false accusations and words could not describe his feelings towards Chaffey.
"I still don't know why she did it. It's a nasty crime. People who have been assaulted find it difficult to report and making up something like that is just crazy.
"I thought she had destroyed my life but getting through this has made me a better person and I'm happy in my life now. "She got what she deserved and I hope she learns from this that she shouldn't tell such horrible lies."
The man said he was 'blind drunk' while celebrating his 24th birthday in a Rochdale club where he met Chaffey. The following day he was sent a text message telling him he was being accused of rape.
He described being arrested as a complete shock. He said: "I've never been in trouble with the police before and it was a horrible experience which I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. "I just kept thinking what would my parents and friends think.
"I knew I had done nothing wrong but I worried it was my word against hers. I'm a truthful person and I thought if I told the truth I would be OK.
"When the police told me I wouldn't be charged I didn't celebrate, it was a relief because I knew all along I'd done nothing wrong.
"I'd like to thank all the people and my family who have stuck by me and supported me throughout this."
He said before the allegation he was a happy-go-lucky young man who worked hard. Now he says he's uncomfortable in female company and has lost confidence.
Bolton Crown Court heard Chaffey was out with two female friends when she met the man in a nightclub. She later claimed that she had been raped after she and the man were dropped off in a taxi near her home.
But officers were suspicious and examined mobile phones belonging to Chaffey, her two friends and her alleged attacker.
They found that Chaffey had discussed having consensual sex with the man in text messages to one of her friends. She also had a text conversation with the alleged rapist, despite telling detectives she had had no contact with him after the alleged assault.
She was jailed for five months at Bolton Crown Court.
Det Con Janice Cruttwell, of Rochdale CID, said: "Lauren Chaffey has not only wasted police time, but also caused a great deal of trouble for a completely innocent man.
"The man she accused of raping her was arrested and kept in police custody. He now feels he has been stigmatised as a rapist despite being completely innocent. "
Rape is an incredibly serious crime that can ruin the lives of genuine victims and their families.
"For somebody to make up a story and falsely claim they have been raped is despicable and completely undermines those people whose lives have been devastated by genuine crimes of this nature. "
I am glad that justice has been done.
"I would like to reassure genuine victims of crime that we take all reports of rape extremely seriously and each and every case will be dealt with in a sensitive manner by specially trained police officers.
"However, I would also like to take this opportunity to point out to anyone who believes that they can waste police time and resources by making a false report of crime, that we can and will take action against them."