A Michigan woman is facing criminal charges in Wayne County for alleging that a Detroit police officer had sexually assaulted her. Velicia Stinson, 24, filed a charge on February 1 that an officer had sexually assaulted her. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says the claim is a lie. Stinson is charged with felony filing of a false police report and may see up to four years in prison if convicted. "Investigation of the allegations and a review of the scout car in-car video did not support the sexual assault allegation filed by the defendant." Worthy's office said in a statement today.
"The alleged actions of Ms. Stinson will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Worthy said in a prepared statement. "Falsely reporting a sexual assault perpetuates the ugly stereotype that women are lying.” Worthy’s statement added, "This is one of the biggest barriers to eradicating sexual assault in this country, and a reason why there are untested kits sitting on shelves in police departments across the country." Charged on May 6, Stinson is free on a personal recognizance bond until her preliminary examination, which is set for May 26.
Worthy has said in the past that she was the victim of an unreported rape while attending Notre Dame University. In 2009, she learned that the Detroit Crime Lab had over 11,000 rape kits, some decades old, sitting idly in a warehouse. Since then, Worthy has sought to investigate the thousands of rape kits left untested by the Detroit police department. Widespread publicity of the untested rape kids led police across the country to see to their own untested rape kits, revealing it was an unresolved national issue.
Worthy said two years ago that many crimes, including rapes and killings, would have been avoided had Detroit police and its now-defunct crime lab not let the kits languish. Funding from grants and donations has led to the testing of some of the untested rape kits. Of 1,600 kits tested, DNA samples led to the arrests of 100 serial rapists. Fifty-nine percent of the DNA tested matched DNA submitted to the national database (CODIS, the Combined DNA Index System), leading to 14 prosecutions.
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