Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rape charges dropped 'in interest of justice'

Charges have been dropped against a Medford man accused of raping a developmentally delayed neighbor who falsely reported the alleged crime.

Erroneous prosecution in cases of sex abuse are "extremely rare," said Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe, who filed a misdemeanor count of initiating a false report Tuesday against the 28-year-old female complainant.

"In the interest of justice," Hoppe dismissed charges of first-degree rape and sex abuse, as well as second-degree sex abuse, against 38-year-old Kenneth Daniel Reynolds.

Arrested Dec. 2, Reynolds was released Thursday from the Jackson County Jail, where he had been held on $1 million bail. Reynolds was scheduled to stand trial this week in Jackson County Circuit Court.

The woman initially told her counselor that Reynolds had raped her several times in November. The counselor reported the case to the Medford Police Department.