Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Police were wrong to charge woman for making false rape report

An interesting follow up to a 2008 story we ran HERE. It appears that the rape accuser was actually raped, so I wanted to make sure we ran this.  Women, of course, should not be charged with making a false rape report simply because police don't believe her:

Back in 2008, an 18-year-old woman told police she had been raped in a Lynnwood apartment.

But police began to doubt her because her story was changing. She was eventually charged with false reporting. She pleaded guilty, got a deferred sentence and a $500 fine.

Now, however, investigators in Lynnwood believe the woman was raped and that she was wrongly charged. They want to clear her, the Herald of Everett reports.

They believe a suspected serial rapist in Colorado may be the suspect in the Lynnwood sexual assault. Marc P. O’Leary, 32, is in jail in Denver. He lived in Mountlake Terrace until 2009.
“We were wrong. Everybody feels terrible about it,” Lynnwood Police Chief Steve Jensen said Tuesday. “We take sexual assaults very seriously. Our investigators always get charged up to get the bad guys in these cases.
“We’re doing our best to make it right,” he said.
The woman has already been repaid for her $500 fine. A lawyer will need to file a motion on her behalf to get her record cleared.

Police say they have evidence that makes O’Leary a suspect in the 2008 assault and are developing more evidence.

The Denver Post reported this week that O’Leary is being held on $5 million bail. He is suspected of assaulting a woman for two hours, then forcing her to brush her teeth and shower before he left, the newspaper reported.

He is accused of taking more than 100 photos during the assault after he put his camera on a timer.