Man falsely accused of sexual assault, domestic violence during custody fight

Man falsely accused of sexual assault, domestic violence during custody fight

A recent two-part series in the Los Angeles Times by Christopher Goffard chronicles a man’s horrifying experience of being falsely accused of serious violent crimes, sexual assault and domestic violence. The man was accused by a former girlfriend of torture, attempted murder and sexual assault, but it turned out later that the woman had likely made up the charges against him and staged the brutal attack, possibly alone.

The accusations occurred during a contentious custody fight for the ex-couple’s five-year-old son. The former couple had dated briefly in college. A few months after the end of the relationship, the man was informed by his ex-girlfriend that she was pregnant. For most of the boy’s life, the two fought over custody of the boy. The man says that the boy’s mother always wanted him out of his son’s life; she had moved to another state and had lied about domestic violence charges before.

The man was arrested while waiting outside his son’s kindergarten in California in order to pick him up and bring him back to his home in Las Vegas. He had no idea what he was being arrested for. Later when he was informed of the charges he was confident he would be released because they weren’t true. He told investigators that the charges were all about the custody fight.

He ended up in jail for three months because a judge denied bail due to the seriousness of the charges. The lead detective in the case told prosecutors he did not want to testify because he had doubts after a thorough investigation that the woman’s story was true. The prosecution went ahead anyway and only dropped the charges after the woman refused to testify as a witness.

The man eventually won an official declaration of his innocence from the court. He has slowly rebuilt his life and now has primary custody of his son, but he still worries that his ex-girlfriend could bring another false case against him. No criminal charges have been brought yet against the ex-girlfriend for filing the false report.


In this assault case, the puzzle pieces don’t fit (Los Angeles Times)

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