Friday, September 9, 2011

News Round-Up: Three stories about women charged with false rape claims

Here are three stories in the news about women charged with filing false rape claims:

Temecula woman suspected of filing false burglary, attempted rape report

On August 9th, an unnamed woman (we have no idea why she is unnamed if she lied and wasn't a "victim" of anything), told Riverside County sheriff's deputies that had returned home to find her home ransacked, and was then attacked from behind by a man and that he tried to rape her.

She claimed that she struggled with the assailant (heroically, we are certain), and was able to get free and lock herself in the bathroom and call 911.

She gave a description of the man, claiming he had fled before the police arrived. One wonders, during the course of the investigation, how many men were questioned based on her description?

During the course of the investigation, Detectives noted inconsistencies with her statement, and after further interviews with her, she admitted that she had made up her story, to cover up for recent gambling losses, that she didn't want to family to find out about.

The case has been sent to the D.A.'s office with the recommendation that she be charged with filing a false police report, which is a misdemeanor.

Shippensburg area woman charged for falsely alleging a man raped a teen

On Friday, the 26th of August, Holly Sue Lemming called 911 and reported that the 13 year old sister of her boyfriend, had been raped. As of this point, it appears that nothing actually happened.

On Monday, she was charged with making a false report to police with the intent to implicate another, which is a second degree misdemeanor. (This indicates that she actually named, or pointed the finger at a specific individual.)

Pennsylvania State Police responded to the 1200 block of the Orrstown Road in Southampton Township, Franklin County, around 7:30 p.m. to a claimed rape.

A police affidavit states that Lemming told a trooper that a 36 year old man (again, a fairly certain indication that she named a specific individual) raped her boyfriend's sister, and that she heard this happen. Here's what she said occurred:

The girl was outside, playing with the hose, and when she came back in, the man entered with her, and followed the girl to her room. Lemming then stated that she heard the girl scream "you should not be in here" and "don't take my pats off", and that she tried to get in the room, but couldn't open the door.

The problems started when police talked to the girl, and she denied she had been harmed in any way, and that Lemming hadn't even been at the house that day. Her brothers and mother backed up that story and that they were unaware of any such incident taking place.

Here is where we get to the meat of the story. The girl's mother told police that she had recently kicked Lemming and her son out of the house. After speaking with the family, Lemming was interviewed again, and that is when she admitted to lying about the rape and that she hadn't been at the home.


Sex assault charge dropped; prostitution charged

There really isn't much to say here. While none of the people involved appear to be the most upstanding of citizens, a false sexual assault or rape charge is, of course, never warranted. There is one comment on my part toward the bottom of the story.

MANCHESTER — Sexual assault charges against four men accused of raping and robbing a woman in a hotel room Aug. 23 were dropped Tuesday and the 26-year-old woman who made the allegations will face charges.

Police prosecutor Captain Robert Cunha said the men are now charged with prostitution in connection with the incident at a Comfort Inn hotel room Aug. 23, in which the woman allegedly offered to perform sexual acts in return for money.

“It was evidently a prostitution thing,” Police Chief David Mara said. “A dispute happened because she didn't get paid.”

The woman told police she was invited to the hotel by one of the four men and thought she was going to a party, but was sexually assaulted and robbed. A police captain at the time called the incident “a brutal and terrifying crime.”

“She made a false report and will subsequently be charged,” Mara said.

Police did not release the name of the woman, who as of Tuesday hadn't yet been charged. The men are Abdulai Barrie, 31, of Alexandria, Va.; Leroy Tarwea Kear, 24, of 224 Auburn St.; Abdul Kabia, 29, of 193 E. Hollis St., Nashua; and Dorbor Nyonee, 23, of 82 W. Brook St.

Bail was set at $10,000 personal recognizance, with conditions barring contact with the woman, who is now living in Derry. Trial was set for Nov. 16 for all four men.

Cunha declined to say whether the woman voluntarily recanted her story or how investigators concluded her story wasn't accurate.

“That whole part of it is part of an ongoing investigation,” he said. “Our goal is to get to the truth of every occurrence. I'm glad (investigators) continued to dig and find out exactly what happened. Their efforts essentially kept us from moving forward with what we now know is incorrect information.”

Police Sgt. Kristen Taylor said statistics show that sexual assault is an under-reported crime and she hopes the turn of events in this situation will not deter women from reporting sexual assaults.

[COMMENT] - Sorry Sergent, but if something isn't reported, you have no idea what the "statistics" are on it. It is unknowable. Reporters seem wilfully ignorant of anything beyond mantras repeated by what can aptly be called the sexual grievance industry.

Kear and Nyonee are also charged with contempt of court for allegedly committing a crime while out on bail. Nyonee was also arraigned on an unrelated felony forgery charge, stemming from an alleged counterfeit check scheme. Bail is $2,000 cash/surety on that charge and a probable cause hearing on the felony was scheduled for Sept. 7.