Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ex-school official faces possible life in prison for sex acts with girl, but girl also made sex accusations against another man around the same time she accused the school official

A former middle school official is heading to trial for allegedly committing repeated sex acts with a female student more than six years ago. But the trial court has held that the jury will be permitted to hear evidence that the alleged victim made an accusation to police against a different man around the same time she first accused the former school official last April. That second man was never arrested or charged with a crime (we assume that's because law enforcement knew that the accuser would not be believed). Under Michigan’s rape shield law an alleged victim’s sexual history is barred from evidence, but the defense may present evidence about previous false accusations of rape.