Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Dropped Charges Not Equal To Proof Of False Report

From the Telegraph UK:

Dr Ashenford, 33, was working at the Sutton Hill medical practice in Telford, Shrops, when he was arrested last October after the female patient made the allegation. [...]

He admitted he had "crossed the boundary" in terms of his personal relationship with the woman after he gave her his telephone numbers when she gave him advice about schooling for his three-year-old daughter, who has severe development problems.

But he said they never had a physical relationship and he was "shaken to the core" when officers turned up at his home.

He said: "In hindsight I should not have crossed that boundary and I guess she might have got the wrong impression. I was suffering from depression at the time and that affected my thinking.

"I accept I shouldn't have done it but I never expected anything like this. I thought I'd be taken to one side and told to sort it out.

The problem I have with this doctor's statements is they remind me of the man in traffic court who explained at length why he looked drunk when he wasn't at the scene of a hit and run.

Nowhere in this story with the title: Trainee GP's 'hell' over false rape allegation is there any statement that the police proved that the rape allegation against him was false. The only mention of the police case from police sources is the confirmation that Dr. Ashenford will not face criminal charges.

"Not facing criminal charges" does not equal "proven to be innocent of the allegations." Whoever wrote that headline should be fired for negligence and for possible slander of a woman who could have been raped as alleged.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:07 AM   2 comments links to this post


At August 06, 2008 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you saying when a male is accused of rape, he should be required to prove himself innocent?

At August 06, 2008 3:19 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...


If a man claims he's been proven innocent by the cops then, yes, he should be required to have proof that he is innocent.

Dropped charges are no more proof of innocence than the original charge was proof of guilt.


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