Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rape charges dropped, accuser now being investigated

As reported here: http://www.wzzm13.com/news/article/242924/14/Rape-charges-dropped-against-GR-firefighter 

 BEAVER, Penn. (WZZM) -- All charges against a Grand Rapids firefighter accused of raping a Pennsylvania woman have been dropped -- and prosecutors say they are now investigating the accuser.

The charges against Lee Finlayson, 50, were dropped Monday by the Beaver County district attorney, according to the Beaver County Times. Finlayson, of Rockford, faced charges of rape and several different counts of indecent assault.

According to the Times, the charges against Finlayson were dropped after his attorney presented evidence to prosecutors that the accuser may have hacked into Finlayson's email and social media accounts and created false admissions that he committed the crime.

 In the original court documents, Finlayson is accused of forcing a woman to engage in sex acts at her home in Brighton Township, Pennsylvania, back in September. The woman obtained a protection order against Finlayson in October.

In the Times article, Finlayson's attorney, Stephen Colafella, says his client is relieved about the dropping of the charges, but that the accusations had "left an indelible mark on his reputation. It is a horrible thing he was accused of."

 Finlayson was named Grand Rapids Firefighter of the year in April 2011. He became a Grand Rapids firefighter in 1997, and had been assigned to the LaGrave Avenue fire station.