Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Leah Freeman charged with making false allegation of sexual assault

Revenge. Add another to that category. What is surprising is that she was put in jail, and is only 16. That is far from normal.

What is even more surprising, and welcome, is that police acknowledge the effect on the accused, without getting into the effect on the possible, hypothetical future victims of a completely seperate crime.

Leah Freeman charged in false accusation.

Burgaw A 16-year-old girl who authorities say made up an allegation she'd been sexually assaulted has been charged with a misdemeanor, officials said Thursday.

Leah Freeman of Willard has been charged with one count of filing a false report, according to a statement the Pender County Sheriff's Office released Thursday. Deputies investigated the complaint and found the crime Freeman alleged didn't occur, according to the statement from Detective Sgt. Scott Lawson of the office's special victims unit.

“An allegation of sexual assault, even if unsubstantiated, can devastate the life of the accused,”

Lawson said in the statement. “False accusations are considered serious and will not be brushed aside.”

Authorities say Freeman filed the false report in retaliation for something that happened in the past.

She was put in the Pender County jail on a $5,000 bond.

Link: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20091217/ARTICLES/912179966?Title=Girl-charged-with-making-false-allegation-of-sexual-abuse