Woman Admits That She Falsely Accused Convicted High School Student of Rape After He Serves His Time In Jail . . . Woman Keeps $1.5 Million Award As Rape Victim

Brian Banks was a former high school football star when he was accused of rape by Wanetta Gibson. Gibson’s name was sealed as a rape victim while Banks was publicly accused as a rapist despite his insistence that it was consensual sex. It was his word against hers and prosecutors threatened him with life imprisonment if he went to trial, so he pleaded guilty to a rape that he did not commit. He spent five years in jail. When he was released he was surprised when his “victim” asked to befriend him on Facebook. She later admitted that she made the whole thing up but did not want to give back the $1.5 million that she won in a judgment against the school district for her alleged rape. She retains the money despite admitting to lying about the rape.

Banks was 16 and a student at Long Beach Poly High School when he said that he made out with Gibson but did not go beyond groping and kissing. He was a talented football star being scouted by colleges for possible scholarships. The ended the same day when Gibson accused him of rape. Prosecutors pushed forward with the case despite an absence of critical forensic evidence and the fact that Gibson’s account changed over time. Banks’ mother sold her condo and her car to pay for his defense.

After his release, Gibson met Banks and agreed to speak in front of an investigator. She is quoted as saying “I will go through with helping you but it’s like at the same time all that money they gave us, I mean gave me, I don’t want to have to pay it back.”

Since this case occurred ten years ago, it is not clear if Gibson will even be investigated, let alone charged for her false statements. In the meantime, she is keeping the money . . . what she has not already spent.

There is also no response from prosecutors on why they pushed forward with the case given the conflicts in the account of the alleged victim and absence of forensic evidence establishing guilt.

A judge has finally expunged the conviction of Banks so that he does not have to remain on parole. He already served the jail time.
Source: ABA Journal

146 thoughts on “Woman Admits That She Falsely Accused Convicted High School Student of Rape After He Serves His Time In Jail . . . Woman Keeps $1.5 Million Award As Rape Victim”

  1. To remind all those with morals and to all those who love all children, that this David J. Glass Esq. PhD would giggle & laugh at me while waiting to see the judge. Shortly after this attached letter dated 2-12-2012 was received by the community of Malibu, CA this David J. Glass Esq. PhD conspired to injure a 3rd party (myself) , suborned perjury and falsified evidence just before he closed down his practice and went to FMBK Law.The CA State Bar has just received a 2nd complaint regarding this matter.

    2-12-12 Mr. Graham J Miller


    To The Principals of Malibu Elementary Schools and To Whom it may concern within the LAUSD and SMMUSD administrations, Directors or other persons.
    Dear Sir Madam or MS,

    I am writing to you firstly as a parent. I have a child in a Malibu public school. I am also writing as a Citizen, and therefore concerned in a more global manner with issues that I personally find disturbing and relevant. I believe a possible failure to perform to ethical codes of several professions, let alone what any normal person may find to be reasonable is about to, and could in the future lead to embarrassment, public consternation and at best a complete lack of faith ,trust and confidence in the above agencies.

    I have recently been informed by my daughter Lily-Jane Faith Miller that her mother has taken her out of Callahan elementary (Northridge); and she is now at some school in Malibu district. (Grade 2)

    My reasons for my concern follow.

    Within the Malibu school district there is a teacher, (C Cullen) who has accused her ex-husband of two counts of sexual abuse of their son, and 5 other counts of abuse of their son (11). This alleged abuse according to Ms. Cullen and her Attorney took place over the past 5 years.

    I would like a notation in my daughter’s file that she is never to be placed in class with the above person as her “(my daughters)” teacher. I apologize in in that I amenable to provide more details on my daughter’s whereabouts (school) but her Mom has not provided that info. I’m sure Dr Jacob the principal at Callahan would be able to assist.

    In MS Cullen’s divorce and custody case she utilized the services of a Mr. D Glass Esq.(Attorney) Mr Glass is also a PhD in Psychology .Mr. Glass was also utilized by the mother of my daughter, Lily -Jane in my own divorce and custody matter. Mr. Glass a Psychologist/ Attorney and mandated reporter saw fit to bring allegations of sexual abuse of a child and 4 allegations of other forms of abuse of MS Cullen’s son Sammy before family court. These all were investigated by the Police DCFS, and the District Attorney. They were found to be without either Medical or Credentialed 3rd party verification and closed therefore as unsubstantiated. These allegations were brought by MS Cullen via the services of Mr. Glass and occurred regularly before the summer school break on a yearly basis. MS Cullen had also recently remarried a Mr Brian Winsick another Teacher and coach in the Conejo Valley. Their marriage took place just prior to the allegations beginning.

    I will now outline my concerns and reasons for the request of the notation in my daughters file.

    It is my belief that the relationship between this teacher Ms. Cullen and her attorney and my own ex-wife and the same attorney is cause for reasonable concern. That to avoid any unfortunate incident where god forbid I was to be accused by my daughter’s mother of something similar as MS Cullen accused her ex-husband of it is imperative no establish able link is in place as could lead to suspicion of collusion. The worst case scenario that Ms. Cullen at some time becomes my daughters teacher and subsequently claims are made that perhaps my daughter had inferred to MS Cullen that I had abused her ( Lily-Jane) and MS Cullen then could relate this to my daughters mother through their mutual attorney, or contact at school is beyond horrific. I feel the separation of my daughter and this teacher protects LAUSD/SMMUSD and my daughter and me.

    In a more global sense I am concerned that a teacher married to another teacher and coach and an attorney who is also licensed as a psychologist made no attempt to make aware the LAUSD or the SMUSD of their concerns. (Two allegations of Sexual abuse and five other allegations of abuse.) Surely some ethical codes of their respective professions would demand other relevant or parties who could be impacted be advised.

    When a teacher finds the resources to pay $500 an hour to a Beverly Hills Attorney for 5 years surely there is a need for verification that such allegations will bring in terms of the expenses the County and State will bear during the protracted conflict. Especially if the accused has been made indigent by the continued claims and has suffered stress or work issues stemming from such accusations and is no longer paying taxes.

    As a parent I certainly would be outraged if I knew my child’s teacher was aware of a legitimate abuse situation and if, as in this case it included Sexual Abuse allegations and that teacher did nothing to bring attention to it as could protect other children I would expect answers. Specifically why and how a person(s) (2 Teachers, (Coach), An Attorney/Psychologist) would go ahead and consciously disregard accusations of such a serious nature, and then they having brought these allegations before family court and the district attorney go ahead and let other parents arrange activities with the person they were accusing of abuse in a manner as would expose other children to the accused.

    What is more disturbing and I expect the press will find disturbing is that repeated allegations of this nature are often utilized in family conflicts and that this is acceptable is in fact a failure of morality within our society. I believe this failure may have had a profound societal impact.

    That the failure of an application of evidentiary standards as are normally applied in criminal matters may have allowed credentialed persons possibly with questionable motive to use family court in a manipulative and deceitful way to achieve their own ends appears to me to be worthy of consideration.

    This epidemic of claims of abuse of children caught in such situations, (family breakups) versus children, who suffer actual abuse , desensitizes the general public and governmental agencies and allows real and dangerous criminals to hide and operate with virtual impunity in our society. It is beyond Peter and the Wolf it is an ongoing crime against humanity. To falsely perpetrate something that I believe leads to what we are now facing in the LAUSD and SMMUSD and may have exacerbated, perpetuated and indeed by lack of action condoned events and actions that possibly has led to emotional; mental and even physical harm to any child is heinous.

    I believe because of the actions as I have described many prior red flags have been ignored in many abuse situations and much suffering and harm and expense could have been avoided if a less commonplace attitude of children was the norm.

    Indeed in the immediate situation with (C Cullen, B Winsick )either the allegations were scurrilous and a product of vitriol, and an attorney(PhD Psych) with who knows what motivation (7 Claims) and that these claims were worthy of public expense .Or these persons were aware the claims they were bringing were false and therefore not worthy of reporting to LAUISD/SMUSD or other parents.? The alternative is an admission of negligent lack of reasonable due diligence and surely a great lack of concern for the school both pupils and other teachers and parents has been flagrantly displayed in total disregard for the safety and welfare of minors. Whether this is or should be a concern for the bond holders of these persons I do not know. Mr. Glass, Glass family Law and former associate of (Kolodny & Anteau) One of the most respected family law firms in the United States (Mel Gibson Getty, etc.) has been investigated by the CA Bar already in this matter and while the complaint was not upheld a letter suggesting the possibility of civil redress was issued by them.

    The APA also found he did no wrong apparently within their own ethics code.

    The fact remains an Attorney/Psychologist and a Teacher and a Teacher/Coach surely have some duty to the community. The positions of trust and respect they are afforded should allow the general public a reasonableness within their expectation of propriety and protection of the innocent by such credentialed persons.

    Perhaps the LAUSD/SMUSD could incorporate or suggest to the CA Bar a cooperative relationship of a professional nature that would allow this protection to be afforded our children as well as draft a code for the LAUSD/SMUSD’s own employees in such situations.

    Certainly recent events could lead one to surmise that a better clarified way of maintaining the safety and welfare of our children, from both bonifide and false claims of abuse would be helpful. The harm that both real and imagined events can bring to families, as well as collateral persons and an institution such as children’s learning environment should be minimalized at all times.

    Sincerely Yours,

    Graham J Miller.

    885 Avenue of the Americas

    Penthouse 1A

    New York. NY. 10001

  2. i was about loosing my home due to when the judge sentenced my son to 5 years in jail for rape.Although my son was not part in raping the girl,just that he was seen around the scene where the crime happened.He was held by the police due to the fact that the girl said that she recognized him as one of the rapist.The rape case was held,and the judge pronounced my son guilty as charge.My lawyer couldn’t help me they all failed.Thanks to God that i found a good and perfect lawyer his name is Doctor Jefferson a spiritualist that help me with some preparation that i used and after 1 week my son was released from jail.If you need his help you can contact him on his email address doctorjeffersontemple@gmail.com

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  4. Social rejection? Pay the money back? Prosecute? This lunatic should be taken into a field and shot. Does anybody have any idea what kind of damage this did to so many people?

  5. Well, I have know more than one man to be falsely accused of sex crimes. The police sometimes give the the “third degree”, though it is illegal. The prosecutors convince them that in prison the guards will not protect them and the prisoners will harm them. They confess to crimes that never even happened! Their lawyers are usually state appointed an don’t care. Some people will know that they can get their accuser to face them in court and insist they they are innocent until proven guilty, but most do not for some reason. I believe that it should be harder to indict, let alone convict, people accused of sex crimes without physical evidence. I still believe that “It is better for a thousand guilty men to go free than one innocent man to go to prison”! Most folks seem to have forgotten this! False accusations are commoner than you think!

  6. The lawyers are all just too greedy and uncaring; there was not any evidence against him and him was jailed. What are judges paid for?

  7. An attorney named Chris Dumler who is a city council member as well has been charged with felony sodomy. I have no idea if this charge is true or false but I see that on the news articles, the commenters are basically presuming his guilt. It is my opinion that if the charge were RAPE he would be seeing the commentors take the opposite view, in general, with the majority of them suspicious of the charge itself and not willing to heap verbal abuse on him at this point in the case. It is interesting.


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  9. Everyone keeps talking about this ONE-woman and acts like this is the only incident. GOOGLE “RAPE Liar” and start reding about the many women and the pethetic reasons they give for taking such actions. And remember this. We are all himan and when done wrong we want vengince. So when a woman is “ACTUALLY” raped, she is not thinking about money, but showing the person as much pain as she feels both physically and emotionally. So when a woman claims rape in “CIVIL Court” in my opinion, “FALSE.” NO questions asked……

  10. Jerome M, there are cases where the prosecutors DELIBERATELY charged defendants they KNEW were innocent with capital crimes, and saw the whole thing through at taxpayer expense, to obtain convictions, including death sentences, and then were even required to testify before CONGRESS after some organizations got these defendants freed, and they STILL — even after admitting to doing it dishonestly, illegally and corruptly — had prosecutorial immunity. Figure that. Judges and prosecutors are protected more because the number of them doing active, provable wrong is so HIGH than anything else. Our system would just plain crumble and be irremediable if anybody in the system were to be held accountable, other than a token “bad guy” now and then going down for the sake of the big theater about public righteousness.

    Do you think they go back and look at all the cases and reopen the convictions when they finally DO charge some prosecutor with crimes? Look at the history of Ken Gribbetz from Rockland County, New York. Responsible for many deaths — completely corrupt — now he’s practicing law and making the big bucks.

    This culture is built on liability, not accountability. It is a dishonest system.

  11. dont you just love it when blacks destroy blacks? cant blame the whites for this one. that’s why people are advocating the return of moslems to the mideast. and why they applaud when they kill their own. of course whites are equally stupid as the destroy each other worldwide and through history. anybody ever consider all the knowledge and ability lost to this kind of human hatred and violence?

  12. Did the prosecutors in this alleged rape case without evidence? That sometimes happens, unfortunately prosecutors who do such things are amazingly given absolute immunity even when they knowingly withold evidence and destroy lives.

  13. ogwriter, it’s easy to fuss against the feminists for not being hard enough on women, but really, isn’t that just ridiculous? It seems that there are plenty of organizations who can target women who are unfair to other women; since NOW was formed for its own very specific purposes, why should they have to do whatever someone ELSE considers important?

    Mind you, I have an axe to grind with them. When I was needing help and trying to get help for other mothers in 1980, they were off concentrating all their time, money and effort on “equal pay for equal work” and stay-home mothers were getting no respect from them. But they are a non-profit; they do what they have chosen to do; others are free to do whatever THEY choose to do, with their own time, energy and money.

    Why don’t you form a national organization to publicize stories about, and to put an end to, females being unfair or abusive to other females, OK?

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