People focus on victims of crimes with an emotional response to the drama of the allegations. They don't often stop to think about whether or not the “victim” is really a victim. They don't even consider the possibility that the person accused of a horrendous crime could be the real victim. But, false accusations are common. And, in courts in Denver, Adams, and El Paso County, and all across Colorado, alleged victims are coddled and believed by the media, judges, juries, and District Attorneys. Don't believe me? Let's take a look at a recent story about false accusations of kidnapping and rape in Weld County. This story takes place in the small town of Windsor, Colorado.
A Date Gone Wrong in Windsor, Colorado
This story begins like many: Two people meet and an instant attraction arises. In the case of the man in Windsor, he was smitten the moment he saw her at work. The two set up a date: They would meet in the Safeway parking lot, and then begin a fun evening of hanging out and getting to know each other. For these two young people, the evening quickly escalated. They were hanging out, and then one thing led to another and they slept together. The next day, however, the young man opened his door to find 10 armed police officers with their guns drawn. It was a presumption of guilt. He was arrested for Kidnapping and Sexual Assault. Where had the date gone wrong? The man was shocked. After all, their sexual relationship had been completely consensual. What the Colorado man didn't know was the way the criminal justice system works. He was arrested and charged. And, when it comes to crimes like rape and kidnapping, people don't stop to think you might be innocent – an accusation is enough.
Once an Accusation is Made a Reputation is Ruined
Because of the accusations, the man's life was drastically changed. He was fired from his job. His career in the military was in jeopardy. And, his name and picture were printed in the Greeley, Windsor, and Evans newspapers with the headline: “Windsor Man Arrested at Safeway” for kidnapping a woman at knifepoint, drugging her, and then taking her back to his home and raping her. That's the story the young woman told. She called the police the day after their date to tell them he had violently kidnapped her and then sexually assaulted her at his home. Everyone the young man knew read the article. In this small town, instant judgments were made. The young man's life fell apart. Eventually, the young woman's story unraveled. It was discovered that she had made the whole thing up, and then deleted text messages from her phone which proved the relationship was consensual. The charges against the young man were dropped, and serious felony charges were filed against the young woman. Even though the charges have been dropped against the man, however, it doesn't negate the damage done. He was alienated by his family, lost his job, couldn't find a job because of the charges against him, nearly lost his military career, and couldn't find an apartment to rent. At one point, he couldn't find a job, and so he couldn't afford the $30 fee for sealing his arrest record. Not to mention that if he had been convicted of the crimes he was falsely accused of, he would have spent his life in prison under an indeterminate sentence, been required to register as a sex offender, and go through sex offender treatment. He said it's been difficult to forgive the young woman who he thought was a friend.