Friday, November 4, 2011

Woman charged with making false statements in sexual assault investigation

While Debra Grant didn't falsely accuse someone, she has been charged with lying about issues dealing with a sexual assault allegation. As the investigation is continuing, I would guess that she lied about the whereabouts of the person that is being investigated. Contrary to the belief of some (how are things, Futrelle?), this kind of action is offensive to us.

When someone lies about the whereabouts of a suspect in a sexual assault, it not only damages the credibility of the person who lied, and the presumption of innocence that the accused is supposed to be afforded, it does no service to anyone who has actually been the victim of a sexual assault or a rape.

Here is the news story:
The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Tillson woman on charges related to providing a false deposition.

On November 2, police interviewed Debra Grant, 28, of 762 Springtown Road relating to an ongoing sexual assault investigation alleged to have occurred in the early morning hours of November 1.

Grant initially provided a supporting deposition indicating a person central to the case was at a party at her house on Halloween. But, police said additional investigation yielded evidence that Grant had intentionally falsified her deposition.     

She was charged with the felonies of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and falsifying business records in the first degree, as well as the misdemeanor of making an apparently false sworn statement in the second degree.

She was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Kingston City Court.

The original sexual assault investigation continues.