Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Teen admits to false sexual assault claim

Probation, her identity withheld, and she will have no record when it is all over and done with. Please explain again how this is deterrence for falsely accusing someone? Oh, sorry, she had to write a letter of apology. Yes, now that's real punishment. Can you think of any other crime where so much lip service is paid to its "seriousness," but nothing is done about it?

High school girl gets slap on wrist for false accusation

A high school girl who falsely reported she had been sexually assaulted by a classmate was put on 10 months probation Thursday in Sarnia court.

The 16-year-old pleaded guilty to making the false report to Sarnia police in the spring.

The girl and a male student went to a park near their school for consensual sexual activity before returning to school.

She later told police she had been assaulted by the boy.

A police investigation determined it was a false allegation but not before the boy was interviewed by police and the girl underwent a sexual assault examination at the hospital.

The girl admitted the allegation was false.

The girl's mental health issues played a large part in the false report, said defence lawyer Noelle Wright.

The boy had developmental issues but the girl did not take advantage of him during the incident, said Wright.

The "very disturbing" allegation was a difficult experience for the boy and caused a costly investigation, said assistant Crown attorney Aniko Coughlan.

Such false complaints undermine public trust in the justice system, said Justice Deborah Austin.

The girl apologized to the court.

Austin ordered the girl to write an apology to the boy and perform 40 hours of community service as repayment for the crime.

The letter must be delivered to her probation officer as she was ordered not to communicate with him, except for the letter.

Since the offence, the girl has left the area to receive mental health treatment.

Successful completion of the probation order will earn her a discharge that will leave her without a criminal record.

The discharge does not mean it was not a serious offence, said Austin.

The girl appreciates the seriousness of the offence, said Wright.

The Youth Criminal Justice Act prohibits publication of the girl's identity.