Friday, November 27, 2009

Lodi Man Cleared Of Sex Charges

The grand jury only heard from the prosecution, and refused to indict. And notice the stand alone sentence that mentions his 9 guns, intimating that he is a danger because of those. Again, the not so subtle way the press presumes guilt, even with the grand jury refusing to indict.

Michael Patrick O'Riley cleared.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A correctional counselor has been cleared of charges of forced sex with his wife and criminal threats.

Michael Patrick O'Riley said he was unfairly charged, and now he's trying to put his life back together.

"I knew that I wasn't guilty, but I was confined. But I was in lockdown, almost like solitary confinement," O'Riley said.

O'Riley said he found it hard to eat in jail.

With his bail set at $950,000, O'Riley sat in jail for 35 days on charges of beating and sexually abusing his wife.

She came to the U.S. from China two years ago.

Police found nine guns in their Lodi home.

O'Riley is a firearms instructor, a former Stockton police officer, and a correctional counselor at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove.

"It was just a rush to judgment is what I believe … I wasn't listened to," O'Riley said.

The district attorney's office took the case to the grand jury, but it refused to indict, even though it only heard the evidence from the prosecution.

"This was based on the statements of Mrs. O'Riley and when we examined the statements, it appeared to be disingenuous on their face," O'Riley's attorney, Jeff Silva, said.

O'Riley faces another investigation for the same incident from the Sacramento Sheriff's office before he can return to work. He remains on paid administrative leave.

The district attorney's office said it does not have any plans to refile any charges.

The whereabouts of Mrs. O'Riley are unknown at this time