Friday, April 23, 2010

Even sex offenders can be falsely accused

Isn't it fair, don't you think, that this innocent man is named in the story but the likely false rape accuser woman isn't?  And, of course, the story goes out of its way to point out that the man, who is expressly named, is a registered sex offender.  (Based on the quality of justice we see on this site, one must wonder if he should be on that list.)  Frankly, naming innocent men while protecting likely false accusers is among the more disgusting, more unfair double-standards in a milieu that is positively littered with them.  The sexual grievance industry won't classify this as a false claim because the woman hasn't been charged, which means they will automatically suggest it was a rape.  (You think I'm kidding?  Trust me.)

Sex offender, accused in Melbourne rape, won't be charged

Prosecutors won't file charges against a registered sex offender accused earlier this year of raping a Melbourne woman while holding her and her 12-year-old son against their will for several days.

Police in January arrested Jonathan Burdette on charges of domestic violence, sexual battery, false imprisonment and violation of sex offender registration requirements.

According to a Melbourne police report and prosecutors, a woman told police the 33-year-old Cocoa Beach man, whom she had recently met via an Internet site, wanted to do his laundry and make her dinner, so she gave him a key to her apartment.

But he refused to return the key or leave, and intimidated her from leaving or calling police.

Assistant State Attorney Julia Lynch said prosecutors encountered credibility issues while reviewing witness statements.

The alleged victim told authorities Burdette raped her the first night he came to her home and again about four days later, Lynch said.

But in the interim, the woman continued to meet Burdette for lunch, allow him to stay overnight after cooking her dinner and to run errands together, including visiting her mother's home, a restaurant, several stores and a bank, said Lynch. Burdette remained in the car on some of those occasions, Lynch said.

"We certainly understand where victims are scared to come forward and say something, and this is not this situation," Lynch said.

"We have to look at what they did before and after and unfortunately it appears that there were some concerns about the credibility of her statements as far as it being nonconsensual," Lynch said.

"To say that it was a rape objectively and by the totality of the facts and circumstances, I don't think it's justifiable that we can take that to a jury."