Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Woman charged with making false rape claim against deputy

News story posted here: http://newstimes.augusta.com/latest-news/2013-04-02/woman-charged-with-making-false-rape-claim-against-deputy

An Evans woman was charged Tuesday with falsely accusing a deputy of raping her during a weekend traffic stop.

Kelsey Alane Long, 23, of Evans, was charged with making a false report of a crime, possession of a Schedule III drug, possession of a controlled substance, obstruction and several traffic charges. She’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Long told a deputy taking her complaint at the Georgia Regents Medical Center early Sunday that a deputy raped her in the front yard of a Martinez home at about 2:30 a.m. during a traffic stop. The deputy taking her complaint told Long that making a false report of a crime was a felony, but she wanted to file the report anyway, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

Deputy Justin John James Hodges, 22, and another deputy responded to Miramar Drive at about 2:10 a.m. after someone complained that eggs were being thrown from a gray or light blue car at homes and other cars. The deputies said they stopped the gray BMW that Long was driving. During the stop, Hodges cited Long for driving on a suspended license, no insurance and suspended registration. Deputies also found various narcotics on her person and that of her male passenger.

As Long was being arrested, she broke free and ran. After a short chase, Hodges tackled Long in the front yard of a nearby home, according to the report. As Hodges and the other deputy tried to handcuff her, Long continued thrashing, pulling on their microphone cords and grabbing at their ammunition magazines, they said.

Long then asked to talk to a supervisor because, she said, Hodges raped her, according to the report. In a written statement, the other deputy said Long ran, Hodges tackled her and he didn’t see Hodges touch her inappropriately.

Long’s passenger, who watched from the nearby car, also told authorities that he didn’t see Long being raped. The passenger wasn’t charged.

The deputy taking Long’s complaint at the hospital, where a rape test was performed, determined that Hodges took no inappropriate action. The entire incident from when Long ran from deputies until she was handcuffed took only 30 to 45 seconds.

Morris said he expects at least six or eight weeks before the test results are available from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
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False report? Real penalty
Maliciously reporting bogus crime should draw real jail time
EDITORIAL POSTED HERE: http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2013-04-04/false-report-real-penalty?v=1365038135

Kelsey Long was already in fairly significant trouble.

After a report of someone throwing eggs at cars and houses in Martinez early Easter morning, the 23-year-old Evans woman was reportedly stopped while driving a car on a suspended license, and with no insurance or valid vehicle registration. Allegedly with drugs in the vehicle. Then she had to be physically restrained after trying to flee.

But spreading Easter cheer through vandalism and resisting arrest wasn’t enough. She had to make things even worse.

Much worse.

Long is now charged with falsely claiming that the arresting Columbia County deputy raped her. In the 30 to 45 seconds it took to restrain her in a Martinez yard. As another officer stood by.

Not even her own passenger saw anything resembling such a thing.

Even after being warned that making a false report would result in a felony charge, she still made the report – which required a rape kit be done, the results of which are pending.

Few if any believe her at this point. And if it turns out to be a wholly specious and fabricated charge, it’s an unconscionable smear of a law enforcement officer.

It would be poetic justice in such cases if the law provided that a false and malicious criminal accusation would bring the accuser the same amount of prison time that the innocent party would’ve suffered if society had believed the accuser’s lie. In this case, that would be 25 years to life.

Don’t fabricate the crime if you don’t want to do the time.

At the very least, false and malicious accusations of serious crimes should earn serious prison time, not just a few months or a year.

Few nonviolent acts are as despicable or damnable as falsely accusing another human being of a serious crime.