False report? Real penalty

Maliciously reporting bogus crime should draw real jail time

Kelsey Long was already in fairly significant trouble.

 

After a report of someone throwing eggs at cars and houses in Martinez early Easter morning, the 23-year-old Evans woman was reportedly stopped while driving a car on a suspended license, and with no insurance or valid vehicle registration. Allegedly with drugs in the vehicle. Then she had to be physically restrained after trying to flee.

But spreading Easter cheer through vandalism and resisting arrest wasn’t enough. She had to make things even worse.

Much worse.

Long is now charged with falsely claiming
that the arresting Columbia County deputy
raped her. In the 30 to 45 seconds it took to restrain her in a Martinez yard. As another officer stood by.

Not even her own passenger saw anything resembling such a thing.

Even after being warned that making a false report would result in a felony charge, she still made the report – which required a rape kit be done, the results of which are pending.

Few if any believe her at this point. And if it turns out to be a wholly specious and fabricated charge, it’s an unconscionable smear of a law enforcement officer.

It would be poetic justice in such cases if the law provided that a false and malicious criminal accusation would bring the accuser the same amount of prison time that the innocent party would’ve suffered if society had believed the accuser’s lie. In this case, that would be 25 years to life.

Don’t fabricate the crime if you don’t want to do the time.

At the very least, false and malicious accusations of serious crimes should earn serious prison time, not just a few months or a year.

Few nonviolent acts are as despicable or damnable as falsely accusing another human being of a serious crime.

 

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