Portland man freed from prison after daughter recants on accusations of sexual abuse
Earlier this month, a Portland man was freed from prison after his 23-year-old daughter recanted accusations that her father raped her as a young girl on at least three separate occasions. The man was reportedly charged with rape back in 2001 based on entries his then 11-year-old girl made in her personal journal. As a result, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The man was wrongfully imprisoned for nearly a decade before the truth about the matter became known. The daughter apparently recanted her accusations of sexual abuse back in January, initiating a process that eventually freed the man from prison.
It isn't clear exactly why the girl accused her father in the first place, or why it took her so long to recant the statements that served to convict him, but the prosecutor in the case referred to her becoming clean from drugs and her desire to make things right.
The prosecutor has apparently decided not to pursue charges of perjury against the girl, apparently because even though there is enough evidence to overturn the 2001 trial there isn't enough evidence to know the truth about what happened between the girl and her father.
The wonder in this story is that the prosecutors responsible for sending this man to prison back in 2001 were not able to detect that the girl's statements were complete fabrications. Our readers should know that allegations of sexual abuse by children need to be tested scrupulously, just like any other piece of evidence. A thorough defense attorney is indispensable for this task.