LONGVIEW, Wash. -- The Cowlitz County prosecutor says she won't charge a Longview woman who admitted she lied when she said her father raped her -- sending him to prison for more than nine years.The real problem here is that a father can be sent to prison based on the sayso of an 11yo daughter who is disappointed with her parents' divorce. The article doesn't say, but the mom surely put the kid up to do this, and lied about it.
Prosecutor Sue Baur says charging Cassandra Kennedy might discourage girls from reporting sexual assaults.
Now 23 years old, Cassandra Kennedy says guilt prompted her to tell police in January that she lied as an 11-year-old in 2001 in Kalama.
The Daily News reports her father, Thomas Edward Kennedy, denied the allegation but was convicted by a jury and sentenced in 2002 to more than 15 years in prison.
Now 43, Thomas Kennedy was released last week and all charges against him were dismissed.
Cassandra Kennedy says she lied because she was disappointed in her father after her parents divorced.
Dads don't rape their daughters. These accusations are nearly always bogus, if not always bogus. They should not even be considered unless there is physical evidence. This case says a lot about how dads are devalued, while women get away with serious crimes without being punished.