A police officer/animal control officer was accused in May of 2008 of an alleged sexual assault that supposedly occurred four years earlier. (I don't know about you, but I can't remember where I was last month at this time, much less four years ago. One thing is for certain, any alibi evidence the man might have had to defend himself from a charge that happened four years earlier is almost certainly long gone.) The man was put through a year and a half of hell until the matter proceeded to a jury trial. (Imagine, if you possibly can, the absolute terror of awaiting the jury's verdict in a case like this.) The jury returned after just ten minutes of deliberations and cleared the man of the charges. The man was named in the story, but the woman -- even though she might have filed a false claim -- was not.
And this is fair to the man . . . exactly how?
Officer cleared of sexual assault
HINSDALE— A Hinsdale police officer has been cleared of charges that he sexually assaulted a woman while investigating a complaint about animals in her neighborhood.
Officer W. Rodney Maloney, a part-time officer and animal control officer for the town, was acquitted of indecent assault and battery last week by a six-member jury in Central Berkshire District Court after 10 minutes of deliberations.
Maloney tells The Berkshire Eagle that although he feels vindicated, he’s still upset that someone brought false allegations against him in May 2008 that caused him "a year and a half of hell."
The 51-year-old woman who made the accusation claimed Maloney assaulted her in June 2004 during an unrelated call, but didn’t come forward because she thought no one would believe her.