A teenage girl was locked up for six months today for crying rape - after she lied to stop her boyfriend finding out she'd cheated on him.
The 16-year-old girl made up the rape allegation after going home for sex with innocent Alex Lewis, 20, on a night out.
She lied to police that she was abducted, attacked and forced to perform a sex act during a violent assault by three men.
It led to Mr Lewis being arrested and held in custody for 36 hours. He spent two months on bail until the girl confessed it was all lies.
The girl, whose name cannot be revealed for legal reasons, admitted she was worried her boyfriend would be furious at finding she had sex with another man.
Can't be named for legal reasons? She's a convicted criminal. The fact that she's 16 scarcely matters. She was adult enough to know exactly what would happen when she leveled the rape charge, wasn't she?
Her lies unravelled when she was caught on CCTV drunkenly kissing and fondling Mr Lewis on the night out.
A judge yesterday ordered the girl should not be named - even though three innocent men she accused of rape were identified in court.
The trio, all aged 20, were arrested, quizzed and forced to give ‘intimate’ samples during their ‘terrifying’ ordeal after the girl's false claims.
Prosecutor David Pugh said: ‘She said she was pushed up a metal ladder to an attic bedroom by two men, one of whom held her down.
‘She said both kissed her all over her body and was raped by one of the men.’
But the girl's lies were uncovered when detectives viewed footage of her picking up the group in Merthyr Tydfil town centre in South Wales and kissing one of the men, Alex, before they jumped in a taxi together.
Mr Pugh added: ‘Images showed they became very close, with the girl kissing Mr Lewis and placing her head on his shoulder and getting in a taxi.’
They returned to Alex's parents' house and had consensual sex before the girl left and flagged down a police car, claiming she had been raped.
The girl was arrested and admitted making up the claims in June this year.
Mr Lewis spent two months on bail before police finally cleared him days before his 21st birthday.
Mr Pugh said: ‘The reason she said she gave the false account was she was scared her boyfriend would find out she cheated on him and it would lead to violence.’
And there you have it. She leveled the rape charge to cover up for cheating on her boyfriend. Remember what we said here? Slwerner, here's another one to add to the list where at least we are told the motivation behind the accusation. :)
The girl pleaded guilty to trying to pervert the course of justice.
Alex Greenwood, defending, said: ‘This is as serious an example of attempting to pervert the course of justice as one can imagine.
No counselor, this is as serious an example of falsely accusing 3 men of rape, that resulted in one man being arrested, as one can imagine.
‘The three men were subjected to a terrifying experience in the knowledge they were entirely innocent.
‘She is truly sorry.’
Oh, she's sorry. Well, that makes it all better.
He said that once she made the rape allegation, ‘a juggernaut was set in train’ - and the girl was too scared to admit she was lying.
Judge Mr Recorder Jeremy Jenkins QC yesterday sent the teenager to a young offender institution for six months.
The girl sat with her head bowed during the 20-minute hearing at Merthyr Crown Court and showed no emotion as the judge sentenced her.
No emotion. No remorse. For potentially sending a man to prison, and actually putting him in jail for 3 days. Moreover, he was subjected to very intrusive exams. That alone should merit more than 6 months. But wait, wasn't it just above, that it was stated that she was truly sorry? And yet she couldn't muster a tear during the hearing? Anyone care to wager that the only thing she is truly sorry about is getting caught in her lie? That seems to contradict what you have said counselor.
He told the teen: ‘When a woman makes an allegation of rape, it has to be treated with the utmost seriousness.’
‘Rape is an absolutely vile crime and it's the duty of the police to investigate it thoroughly and carefully.
‘False allegations of rape can have dreadful consequences to the men concerned.
‘For innocent men to be confronted with an allegation like that, held in custody for 36 hours and subjected to intrusive medical examinations is a terrible experience.
So it wasn't just Mr. Lewis who spent 3 days in jail, it was all 3 individuals. Interesting that the other 2 aren't named here. And at least the judge gets this part right. The people directly affected are those falsely accused. Not some hypothetical future victim who may not report because of the false allegation.
‘The police spent many hours and there was a substantial financial cost in investigating your wholly false allegations.’
He added: ‘Every time somebody makes a false allegation of rape, the public has less confidence in the truth of other complaints of sexual abuse made by genuine victims.’
And yet you still had to go there, didn't you, your honor?
Barrister Mr Pugh said the girl should be named and shamed - despite her age.
He said: ‘Members of the public need to know for their own future conduct and safety.’
I wish there were more prosecutors such as Mr. Pugh. Well done sir. Well done.
But the judge ordered the girl should not be identified publicly - even though her three victims were named in court.
He said her age and ‘the long-term need for rehabilitation’ meant she should be given anonymity.
But Mr Greenwood claimed: ‘She should not be labelled for the rest of her life within the close community.’
Why not Mr. Greenwood? Mr. Lewis will certainly be labeled for the rest of his life. As will the other two falsely accused. Why shouldn't she? I, personally, would take the time in jail for contempt of court if I was one of the falsely accused -- and name her for all to know -- as loudly, and as often as I could. Giving her anonymity, means that she will be free to do so again.
I would ask our resident expert, AfOR (who brought this article to our attention - thank you), since she is 16, will her record be sealed when she turns 18, as it is here in the U.S., and will it be cleared at 21?
Every civilized society must strive to (1) eradicate heinous crimes by punishing the offenders, and (2) insure that the innocent aren't punished along with the offenders. Too often, the second half of that balance is omitted from the public discourse. Accusations of serious criminality, especially murder and sexual wrongdoing, too often are their own convictions in the high court of public opinion because the stigma is so severe. It is our mission to raise awareness about the injustices suffered by persons wrongly accused of serious criminality. Protecting the innocent from unjust harm as a result of a wrongful accusation is a hallmark of a civilized society.