Monday, December 7, 2009

Woman whose rape lie allowed innocent man to rot in prison for four years is indicted

Here's an update to a story we've previously reported here, and here, and here.  A woman who found religion and who confessed that her rape lie sent an innocent man to prison for four years has been indicted.  This is welcome news.

While the young man might not be free without the recantation, there needs to be some punishment for allowing him to rot in prison for four years in order to deter other false accusers. A principal reason women are apt to make false rape claims so freely is because they are rarely punished for them.  In order to stop women from telling rape lies in the first place, we need to deter the falsehoods before they occur.  After all, we believe in deterrence for every other serious crime, why should making a false rape report be any different? 

We must not allow men's liberty to rest on whether women, in their sole and unilateral discretion, deign to free them from the rape lie torture by recanting. If we deter women in the first place, we would not need to rely so heavily on recantations.  As we've said previously, an early recantation, before a man or boy is targeted, should be given a less serious punishment, to reward early recantations.  But even there some punishment must be given or we will not deter rape lies.


Rape-lie indict

False accuser sent man to prison

A grand jury has voted to indict a woman whose lies about being "raped" sent an innocent man to prison for four years, The Post has learned.

The perjury indictment against Biurny Peguero Gonzalez will be unsealed today at her arraignment hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court, according to a knowledgeable source.

Gonzalez was 22 years old in 2005, when she told cops she'd been gang-raped at knifepoint by carpenter William McCaffrey and two of his friends in upper Manhattan.

But in March, she admitted the story was just a hoax, crafted after her friends got angry at her for leaving them and hanging out with the three men.

The married mother of two came forward despite the consequences for her young family, because "every night she would cry, and she was not at peace with herself" over what she'd done, Assistant District Attorney Evan Krutoy wrote in court filings concerning the McCaffrey dismissal.

Gonzales first confessed her lies to a priest in Union City, NJ, who then urged her to contact authorities.

McCaffrey, meanwhile, had pursued his own path to freedom while serving a 20-year prison term, arguing that bite marks on her arm -- which Gonzales had blamed on McCaffrey -- could not have been made by him, a claim borne out by new DNA evidence.

The carpenter has been free on bail, thanks to the new evidence, since Sept. 1. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers has set Thursday as the day he will formally toss McCaffrey's indictment and conviction.