Thursday, August 11, 2011

When a rape lie claims the liar is guilty

The Innocence Project details the causes of false confessions. The following is a disturbing case that did not lead to charges against the mentally disturbed man.

Child rape confession 'fabrication,' prosecutors say

Charges dropped against man who said he was HIV-positive

A Silverton man who allegedly told police last month he was HIV-positive and had sexually abused an infant had charges against him dismissed Friday as prosecutors called his story "the fabrication of a mentally unstable person."

A Hamilton County grand jury ignored rape and felonious assault charges against Lenny Love, 29. That means the criminal case is over.

After police said Love told a relative he raped a 6-month-old and was infected with the deadly virus, the infant was examined by doctors who found no injuries or evidence consistent with Love's statement. An exam of Love also showed he isn't HIV-positive.

Prosecutor Joe Deters said Friday mental health authorities have been contacted about Love's condition and statements.