Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Police say Kathy Chason lied about being raped by an officer

So Kathy changed her story twice, and one of those times was to accuse a police officer responding to help her. Nice. The comments at the end from the police would make you think they would be more likely to press charges against those filing all the false claims.

High School Teacher Kathy Chason files false accusation.

A Daphne High School teacher on a leave of absence was charged Friday with filing a false report after police said she lied about being raped by a Mobile police officer in an effort to reconcile with her ex-husband.

Kathy Chason, 48, of Mobile was arrested and taken to Mobile County Metro Jail, police said.

Chason told police that she was walking near Interstate 65 and Airport Boulevard late on June 3, headed from a restaurant to the Ramada Inn, when she was accosted and raped by an off-duty police officer, police spokesman Officer John Young said.

Chason changed her story at the scene that night, Young said, and told police that a security guard had raped her. She then changed her story again and accused one of the officers on the scene of being her attacker, Young said.

Chason confessed Friday to falsely reporting the rape "in an effort to reconcile with her ex-husband," Young said.

According to Alabama court records, Chason and her husband were divorced in April.

When Baldwin County Public Schools Superintendent Faron Hollinger learned of Chason's arrest Friday afternoon from a Press-Register reporter, he said the school system would investigate the situation.

No school system policy stipulates that an arrested teacher should be placed on paid leave or face other disciplinary action, Hollinger said.

In this case, he said, the system will obtain a copy of the police report, investigate the matter with the help of board attorney R. Scott Lewis and then "take appropriate action."

A former volleyball coach at Daphne High, Chason coached the Lady Trojans for eight years, leading them to a third-place finish in the 1999 6A state tournament. Chason said she stepped aside because of severe migraine headaches. She was granted a leave of absence last year and did not teach at the school while she pursued a master's degree, said Baldwin County school board member Frank Trione.

Trione, who lives in Daphne and is a former agriculture teacher at Daphne High, said Chason had been expected to return to the school in August when the new school year begins.

Filing a false report is a Class A misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of $6,000, said Nancy Johnson, a Mobile police spokeswoman.

Friday's arrest marked the latest in a string of local false report cases this year.

In March, a 17-year-old girl was charged with filing a false police report after she said she was sexually assaulted at Baker High School in west Mobile County, which she attended.

A 16-year-old girl was arrested earlier that month and accused of filing a false report stating that she had been carjacked while driving home from school through midtown Mobile.

A 26-year-old man was arrested March 1 after he told police that he had been robbed at gunpoint of his Xanax anti-anxiety drug, and he needed a police report in order to get a refill.
Several other bogus reports, mainly robberies, carjackings and auto thefts, have also been filed since Jan. 1, police said.

"The fact is, it's not just this year," Johnson said. "We had a lot of false reports last year, too. The fact is the public can't afford it anymore. We don't have the resources. We don't have the manpower. We hope that if we have this zero-tolerance policy, people will be held up to scrutiny, and all of that might dampen down the numbers of people who are doing this."

Officers have started asking judges to order compensation for what a false investigation costs the department, Johnson said.

She said that could cost defendants hundreds of dollars. Police would set the amount by determining how many officers worked on false reports, how many hours they worked, and their pay per hour.

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