Thursday, February 21, 2008

Just Another Liar Filing A False Rape Report?

From PI Now:

A judge has ordered 49-year-old Gregory Walker, of Kissimmee, Fla., held in the Centre County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail. He was arraigned Tuesday on charges including stalking, harassment, retaliation and false reports.

The false report charge was for an alleged rape that never happened according to the police. The man he allegedly falsely accused was a Pennsylvania state trooper, Shawn Inlow, who helped investigate a sex crime charge against Walker's son who is now serving a sentence for that charge.

Those who delight in hearing that police believe that a rape allegation is false aren't likely to focus on this case since the alleged false reporter is a man and not a woman.

Too often the truly innocent who are accused of rape -- either mistakenly or maliciously -- don't seem to be genuinely important to the "women lie about rape" pundits and their followers for any reason other than as tools which can be used to attack girls and women who report being raped.

It's amazing how quickly the motto of "innocent until proven guilty" gets dropped when the accused is a woman who reported rape. For too many people men charged with rape are alleged rapists. And women charged with lying about being raped are false accusers not alleged false accusers.

Those who rush to scream "false accuser" reduce the credibility of those who are truly falsely accused or who support those who are truly falsely accused. After someone has been exonerated and there is more than a lack of linking DNA evidence behind that exoneration these people will keep repeating that the exonerated man always claimed to be innocent -- as if this is proof of anything or unique to the truly innocent.

Psychopaths guilty of horrific crimes can and have also proclaimed their innocence and if it weren't for the evidence many of these people would be convincing because they seem so incapable of the crimes they committed. Then there are people who seem like the type of people who would commit the crimes they are accused of but who didn't commit that crime.

That's why effective investigations which protect all of the evidence are so important. It's also why verdicts based on people's bigotry -- despite contradictory evidence -- are so destructive. This is true whether the bigotry leads to an acquittal or a conviction.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 9:01 AM   4 comments links to this post

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At February 21, 2008 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gregory Lynn Walker, 49 of Kissimmee, Fla., is charged with one count of retaliation against witness, victim or party; five counts of criminal use of a communications facility; two counts of stalking; two counts of false reports to law enforcement authority; one count of retaliation for past official action and two counts of harassment.

According to the 20-plus page affidavit of probable cause, Tpr. Shawn Inlow was assigned to investigate a sexual misconduct case that occurred in Massachusetts and involved Gregory Walker’s son, Benjamin Walker.

Inlow reportedly found more information involving Benjamin Walker and criminal activity in Pennsylvania. Following a trial in October 2002 a jury found Benjamin Walker guilty of once count of indecent exposure.

While the Massachusetts jury returned convictions against Benjamin Walker, the trial judge dismissed all felony counts against him and two of his co-defendants. An appeal was filed, contested, and eventually upheld. The trooper investigating Gregory Walker’s case noted that “the legal fighting around this case was intense and has spanned for over six years, having only recently been decided. In August 2007 Benjamin Walker began serving a one year prison sentence in Massachusetts.

According to the affidavit, “Over the last six years Trooper Inlow and his family have suffered a continual and consistent pattern of harassment that continues into 2008.”

The affidavit states that the alleged incidents began on Jan. 10, 2002, when Inlow’s wife began receiving phone calls at her place of employment, as well as Inlow’s a the PSP Philipsburg barracks.

The calls to Inlow’s wife came from an unidentified man on two occasions and an unknown woman on another, who claimed that Inlow was being investigated for an alleged rape.

The rape allegations against Inlow were later found to be false.

Two calls to the barracks came from an unidentified man who asked for information about filing a complaint against a trooper, and on the second asked to speak with a supervisor about filing charges against Inlow.

It was reported that on Aug. 29, 2002, Gregory Walker initiated a PSP Internal Affairs investigation against Inlow, alleging that he falsified reports to implicate his son in a rape case.

IAD investigated and found the allegation to be unfounded and terminated the probe on Jan. 21, 2003.

Inlow’s wife found notes on her vehicle, once at her workplace (Dec. 23, 2003) and once at her home (Jan. 31, 2007). Portions of the Jan. 31 note are as follows:

“Just to let you know that we have not forgotten you … We have been sitting on this report for some time and it’s getting harder to stay silent. If we were in your shoes we would do the right thing and expose the lies that were told in the Boston case.”

On March 14, 2007, Inlow was at Centre County Central Court on an unrelated case. It was reported that Gregory Walker was there as well, staring at Inlow. Inlow determined that Gregory Walker was attempting to intimidate Inlow.

At one point Gregory Walker called Inlow a vulgar name and said, “Remember what you did to that little girl.”

Magisterial District Judge Daniel Hoffman reportedly stood up and told Gregory Walker to move on.

Gregory Walker is also alleged to have accosted Inlow in public at Adventure Video in Philipsburg on July 11, 2007.

On July 17 Gregory Walker initiated another PSP Internal Affairs complaint against Inlow for allegedly harassing and stalking the Walker family. IAD investigation determined those allegations were unfounded and terminated the investigation Dec. 13, 2007. Trp. David Aiello, the investigating trooper in the Gregory Walker case made not that following his initial complaint, Gregory Walker refused to cooperate in the probe by declining to provide additional specific details.

On four separate occasions in July 2007 during Camp Week for the Philipsburg Soccer Association, one witness observed Gregory Walker back his vehicle against a fence at the field then stare at Inlow and the team that Inlow coached.

The witness noted that Gregory Walker appeared very intimidating, and that the children began questioning why he was there.

These appearances and others eventually led to the association asking Inlow to step down from his coaching duties.

On Sept. 2, 2007 a neighbor, made aware of Gregory Walker’s activities, noticed Gregory Walker drive slowly past Inlow’s residence.

Inlow reported receiving five e-mails to his PSP account. These e-mails were traced back to Gregory Walker. These e-mails

In one e-mail, Gregory Walker provided a phone number for Inlow to call. That number was traced back to Gregory Walker.

Gregory Walker continued his allegations that Inlow sexually assaulted a young girl.

Other portions of the e-mail are as follows:

“I am all for the “expose” but I believe that it must be done at the correct time and place. I guess they (records) will turn up in all the wrong places, schools, YMCA, community events i.e. parades (a reference to Inlow’s home is made), Heritage Days, businesses. I don’t know OR CARE wherever they end up. I have been holding these people back for 3 or more years. I know these reports must be passed out but they need to be smart. It will happen, just do it right.

“ONE LAST HINT. AFTER THIS NO MORE. I’M SUPPOSED TO BE QUIET, but there is nothing you can do, its all coming and I want you to know what is coming your way and what will never end.”

In the e-mail Gregory Walker mentions an in-law who allegedly works for the federal government. He notes that while this man cannot handle what “we” want done, he allegedly has connections.

“NO MORE (expletive) PA attorneys wanting to just take our money,” notes the e-mail allegedly from Gregory Walker.

While Benjamin Walker was incarcerated in Centre County Jail, a number of phone conversations between the son and father were recorded. According to the affidavit both men were aware they were being recorded.

In one statement, Gregory Walker allegedly said, “Don’t worry about what that pig did to you, he’s gonna pay.”

In other statements:

-“We just keep falling deeper into the hole. I’m just at the end. I’m not sleeping, eating.”

-“I’m calling a guy up north, you know, and tell him 100 grand is on the table, it might just be 50-75, just tell him we wanna, we’ll tell you later.”

-“Let me work the plan, get this thing turned around. So much money on courts, rehab. Just let me get are plan working.”

-“This is not going to turn around right away. You might have to do a little time, but I got plans. I’ve had plans, you just let me work them, you know what I mean.”

During another period in which Benjamin Walker was incarcerated in Centre County Jail, between Jan. 4, 2007 and May 29 2007, more phone conversations were recorded between father and son. At one point Benjamin Walker comments on going to state police and tell them Inlow comes clean or they expose him on the Boston incident.

His father replied that he did not know what to do, that he was worn out. He told his son that he had a breakdown.

“For six years I’ve been fighting. I’ve got no money, I don’t have anything anymore. I’ve got nothing.”

“Inlow is gonna pay for this believe it,” Gregory Walker is recorded saying. “He’s gonna pay, he’s gonna pay for what he did, he knows it, he knows he went too far. I’m gonna keep fighting the battle, find the right attorney and I’m gonna get him.

As part of their investigation state police contacted the woman allegedly sexually assaulted. As stated earlier in the story, that claim turned out to be unfounded. The woman stated that she did not know a Shawn Inlow, that she had never went out with a man named Shawn Inlow, that she had never been raped, sexually assaulted or otherwise victimized by anyone. She stated that no one, including Shawn Inlow, had ever given her alcohol, caused or induced her to consume alcohol or caused her to seek medical treatment because of alcohol consumption.

Gregory Walker’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27 at the Centre County Courthouse.

 
At March 03, 2008 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's amazing how quickly the motto of "innocent until proven guilty" gets dropped when the accused is a woman who reported rape. For too many people men charged with rape are alleged rapists. And women charged with lying about being raped are false accusers not alleged false accusers.

The reason that happens is because the investigation leads to proving that the allegation was false to start with. If a person accuses someone of rape and the investigation leads to the accuser admitting the accusation was false then there is no need for "innocent until proven guilty" because guilt has already been admitted.

And I find it equally amazing when a man is arrested for rape and feminists are up in arms about it and shouting the usual obsenities and whatnot but as soon as it is proven that the accuastion is false those same feminists either go silent or claim that "He probably raped someone else so he would have deserved to go to prison anyway."


And women charged with lying about being raped are false accusers not alleged false accusers.

And how often is a false rape accuser charged anyway?


It's also why verdicts based on people's bigotry -- despite contradictory evidence -- are so destructive. This is true whether the bigotry leads to an acquittal or a conviction.

People on all sides can learn from that statement.

 
At March 03, 2008 9:25 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

anonymous # 2 wrote: If a person accuses someone of rape and the investigation leads to the accuser admitting the accusation was false then there is no need for "innocent until proven guilty" because guilt has already been admitted.

This is incorrect because it wrongly assumes that the recantation must be factual and not the result of coercion by investigators who are determined to close a case and label it false or it is a mislabeling of what a genuine rape victim said when it became clear that no productive investigation will ever happen and that victim decides to walk away from what is clearly a no-win situation where justice doesn't stand a chance.

If your statement is correct then any confession from a rape suspect -- no matter how it was obtained -- would eliminate the need for innocent until proven guilty to be applied to that defendant. Guilt was admitted. End of story.

I suggest you read my post Police Interrogatios and false admissions.

 
At March 04, 2008 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


If your statement is correct then any confession from a rape suspect -- no matter how it was obtained -- would eliminate the need for innocent until proven guilty to be applied to that defendant. Guilt was admitted. End of story.


I dig your explanation. In an ideal world innocent until proven guilty would be the way things work but sadly they don't. When a rape trial comes up there is assumed guilt and assumed innocence all over the place.

 

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