Wrongfully Accused: Innocent Man Goes Free

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After 2 week trial, jury reaches not guilty verdict in sexual molestation case.

After 2 week trial, jury reaches not guilty verdict in a sexual molestation case (Case#KA072559).

Stanley F., 33, of Baldwin Park, was acquitted Friday, September 29, 2006, of child molestation charges. After being incarcerated for over one year, a jury of his peers acquitted the accused on all counts.

The verdict came after only 2 hours of jury deliberation.

The incident stemmed from accusations made by a young girl, to which the accused acted as guardian. After a twelve-year guardian/child relationship, the young girl came forward with allegations of sexual molestation. It was alleged that the defendant had engaged in acts of sexual abuse, once a week, for over a year.

The two-week trial included expert testimony attempting to explain why the accuser would have delayed reporting the incident for twelve-years, as well as graphic testimony from the young accuser herself.

In reaching their verdict, members of the jury stated they did not find the teenage accuser to be credible and further found the police department’s investigation of the allegations to be substantially insufficient. In light of the fact that no medical evidence of abuse was ever introduced and because of the fantasy-like nature of the accusations, the jury of twelve deemed the accusations to be false.

The verdict comes on the eve of an ever-increasing problem concerning cases of sexual molestation and the wrongfully accused.

“Defending against child molestation requires knowledge of not only the abusers themselves, but of the people who make false allegations,” says Lawrence Wolf of the Law Offices of Lawrence Wolf.

“While accusations of sexual abuse are often fabricated by the truly malicious, they can also be fabricated by the emotionally driven, even the well-intended but misguided. There are many flaws in the way the legal system handles accusations of child sexual abuse, however careful investigation, aggressive defense, and education concerning false allegations are required to bring about change.”

Stanley F. was released from custody almost one-year to the day of his arrest.

Contact:

Lawrence Wolf, (310) 277-1707

10390 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300

Los Angeles, CA 90025

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