It started as a school rumor that accelerated into accusations.
Then, in December 2013, a 34-year-old assistant principal was arrested and accused of having sex with a male student under the age of 19 between December 2012 and November 2013.
The changes hung over her for a year. She lost her job and could not find work. She was forced to sell her home and to move in with her mother. And she has become a social outcast because of the accusation.
But then, her attorney revealed, the DNA evidence "came back negative." And now, a judge has dismissed the case and ruled that she can never face charges over the same incident in the future because, among other things, the accuser "has hereby recanted and is no longer cooperating with the prosecution of these cases," according to the court order.
"I dedicated and invested a large part of my life into [teaching]. And I loved doing what I did. To wake up and have that all taken away and gone, and have people say the things that they said about me, that were not true. And to have people turn their back on you really hurt."
This case is unusual in that the victim of the false charges is a woman and the accuser is male. While false claims of sex offenses are generally more destructive to males (the gender sentencing disparity for these offenses is substantial), that is of little consolation for the victim in this story because her life, too, has been ruined. The community of the wrongly accused must stand in solidarity with female victims the same as with male victims.