Efforts to Exonerate Man Whose Accuser Admitted to Lying - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, S...

There are 20 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Dec 31, 2012, titled Efforts to Exonerate Man Whose Accuser Admitted to Lying - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, S.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

The effort to clear the name of a man who spent four years in prison for a sexual assault he didn't commit is moving forward.

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Johnny Law

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Dec 31, 2012
Another example of how messed up the system is. An innocent man has to jump through so many hoops just to clear his good name. The conviction should automatically be expunged.
whatever

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Dec 31, 2012
If she knowingly helped to convict the wrong person on purpose; she should recive some type of punishment.
Gnu

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Dec 31, 2012
Hmmmm ...Dumler case ?
TEX

Rocky Mount, VA

#4 Dec 31, 2012
sentence her to Double the time he spent due to her lies
Johnny Law

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Dec 31, 2012
Gnu wrote:
Hmmmm ...Dumler case ?
Wouldn't surprise me. False allegations are made to law enforcement agencies nationwide on a daily basis. While the motives for the allegations differ from case to case, the end result is the same.... an innocent person has to pay the price until he/she can clear their name. And the person who filed the false allegation to begin with is usually never prosecuted.
Bryce

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Dec 31, 2012
This is yet another example where the word of a female is believed just because she says so. This guy should sue her for everything she has or hopes to have.
Tax Payers Money

Farmville, VA

#7 Dec 31, 2012
Well, it seems to me the accuser should have to pay back the money it cost the state to house him. She should have to reimburse the state since we, the tax payers, had to foot the bill for her false accusation. There should be some kind of repercussions for her behavior. This is insane that she is not held accountable for her false statement. For goodness sakes, kids in school get suspended for saying something that is not true and what she did was horrible and costly. I am not using the L word as this is a strong word but when kids use the L word, their punishment is severe. The tax payers probably paid for his attorney and this should be paid back.
Johnny Law

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Dec 31, 2012
Tax Payers Money wrote:
Well, it seems to me the accuser should have to pay back the money it cost the state to house him. She should have to reimburse the state since we, the tax payers, had to foot the bill for her false accusation. There should be some kind of repercussions for her behavior. This is insane that she is not held accountable for her false statement. For goodness sakes, kids in school get suspended for saying something that is not true and what she did was horrible and costly. I am not using the L word as this is a strong word but when kids use the L word, their punishment is severe. The tax payers probably paid for his attorney and this should be paid back.
But....... the system believes that punishing the person who files a false allegation might prevent others from filing a complaint and pursuing a legitimate sexual assault prosecution.

Since: Jan 10

United States

#9 Dec 31, 2012
Johnny Law wrote:
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But....... the system believes that punishing the person who files a false allegation might prevent others from filing a complaint and pursuing a legitimate sexual assault prosecution.
I agree at the very least she should have community service. If she were to be punished too harshly other people would not come forward.

Blessings to the young man and I hope everything works out well for him. He certainly deserves it.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Dec 31, 2012
Just too many examples of prosecutors trying to make a name for themselves at an innocent persons expense. Happens all the time. Prosecutors have to keep up a good appearance to aspire to a political office.
YES

Greenbelt, MD

#11 Jan 1, 2013
sez you wrote:
Just too many examples of prosecutors trying to make a name for themselves at an innocent persons expense. Happens all the time. Prosecutors have to keep up a good appearance to aspire to a political office.
We are still waiting to clear my cousin's name on the same charge. It happens often in Virginia.
YES

Greenbelt, MD

#12 Jan 1, 2013
Johnny Law wrote:
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But....... the system believes that punishing the person who files a false allegation might prevent others from filing a complaint and pursuing a legitimate sexual assault prosecution.
We all know that's bull. Prosecute them to the fullest.
MAYBE

Greenbelt, MD

#13 Jan 1, 2013
Bryce wrote:
This is yet another example where the word of a female is believed just because she says so. This guy should sue her for everything she has or hopes to have.
I agree. It seems the police and justice system are afraid of the many sexual assault groups. SOME men are suffering unneccessarily because of it. SOMETIMES the woman has a motive. SOMETIMES she has regrets.
Ann

Staunton, VA

#14 Jan 1, 2013
That is so wrong for her to lie like that. It ruins credibility for others when you have a bunch of damn liars out there, and for the one who is telling the truth. There is a law against that, it is called perjury, right?? I do hope she gets charged and has to pay that man back. What i want to know tho, was this guy convicted on her word alone?
Ann

Staunton, VA

#15 Jan 1, 2013
YES wrote:
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We are still waiting to clear my cousin's name on the same charge. It happens often in Virginia.
What makes you think that happens often in Virginia, not everyone lies like that, which i too am upset that someone would do that, it is soo wrong, but that does not happen often, like you state.
Foe

Monroe, VA

#16 Jan 1, 2013
Ann wrote:
That is so wrong for her to lie like that. It ruins credibility for others when you have a bunch of damn liars out there, and for the one who is telling the truth. There is a law against that, it is called perjury, right?? I do hope she gets charged and has to pay that man back. What i want to know tho, was this guy convicted on her word alone?
She has been arrested and will be prosecuted. Yes, the guy was convicted on her word alone.
Foe

Monroe, VA

#17 Jan 1, 2013
Johnny Law wrote:
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Wouldn't surprise me. False allegations are made to law enforcement agencies nationwide on a daily basis. While the motives for the allegations differ from case to case, the end result is the same.... an innocent person has to pay the price until he/she can clear their name. And the person who filed the false allegation to begin with is usually never prosecuted.
This has received too much attention from the public to let this woman off with no punishment. She has been arrested, charged and will be prosecuted. She also lost her job with the police department.
Lone Justice

Waynesboro, VA

#18 Jan 2, 2013
Lost her job at the police department? For one they need to make her name public, this will be a good start for punishment. Then she would have a hard time trying to get anything.
Foe

Penn Laird, VA

#19 Jan 2, 2013
Lone Justice wrote:
Lost her job at the police department? For one they need to make her name public, this will be a good start for punishment. Then she would have a hard time trying to get anything.
Her name and mug shot have been published in news media near where she lives (Daily Press). The Washington Post and Huffington Post both carried her arrest and gave her name and picture. Her name and picture were kept secret as long as she was a supposed "victim" of a sex crime, but once she had been arrested and charged there was no reason to not name her and inform the public that she had lost her job at the very police department which prosecuted the innocent man on her behalf.
Foe

Penn Laird, VA

#20 Jan 2, 2013
FYI

Montgomery was convicted in 2008 of molesting a 10-year-old girl eight years earlier in Hampton. Montgomery denied the allegations, but a judge convicted him based solely on his accuser's story.

The accuser, Elizabeth Paige Coast, waited several years before admitting she lied.

Meanwhile, Coast has been charged with perjury. She said she lied about being molested to explain her behavior after her parents caught her viewing sexually explicit material on the Internet, and she blamed Montgomery because he had moved out of state and she didn't think authorities would be able to find him.

http://www.dailypress.com/news/crime/va-ap-wr...

This is from an article at this link, which also has her picture: http://wtkr.com/2012/11/09/attorney-generals-...

UPDATE: Elizabeth Coast, who admitted making up claims that she was sexually assaulted by Jonathan Montgomery, was arrested on Friday on one count of perjury. Coast had been working for the Hampton Police Department as a civilian clerk and resigned effective immediately after her arrest.

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