Virginia Woman Falsely Accuses Man Of Rape And Sends Him Away For Four Years Before Recanting . . . Given Just 60 Days In Jail To Be Served On Weekends

52118bc04b6a1-1.preview-300I have previously discussed the pattern of prosecutors in either not charging false rape victims or seeking relatively light sentences despite the incarceration of innocent men. (here, here, here, here, here, and here). While I would never recommend a prison sentence for a rape victim who simply identified the wrong man by mistake, the most disturbing cases are those involving false rape claims. For an example of this problem, you need to go no further than the case of Elizabeth Paige Coast.

Coast, 26, accused Johnathan C. Montgomery, a former neighbor of raping her in 2000 when she was 10 years old and he was 14. She later admitted that she made up the story and lied on the witness stand at his June 23, 2008, trial.

Montgomery’s life was ruined and he spent four years in jail. Coast however was sentenced by Hampton Circuit Court Judge Bonnie L. Jones to just two months in jail and ordered to make $90,000 in restitution for perjury. Jones suspended the rest of the five-year sentence and even allowed Coast to serve the remainder on weekends so not to disrupt her life.

Coast blamed her crimes on her reading adult material on the Internet by her mother. When her strict religious mother caught her, the mother (Coast claims) suggested that she was viewing the material because she had been sexually assaulted. She said that the jumped at the excuse to get out of trouble. She said she gave her mother the name of Montgomery when pressed to identify the assailant. Her lawyer insisted that, because she came forward, any jailing would send the wrong message to others who lie about crimes.

Hopewell Commonwealth’s Attorney Richard K. Newman asked for a 10-year sentence with six years suspended so she would serve the same length of time as Montgomery.

I certainly agree that Coast should be credited with coming forward. However, she is now 26. That means that this man went to jail when she was 22. She was 17 when he made the allegations.

Sixty days on weekends sends a message of a different kind: that false rape victims are not subject to the same punishment afforded others who file false police reports, ruin lives, or commit perjury.

Perhaps the most infamous refusal to charge such a case involved Crystal Gale Mangum, 33, the stripper who falsely accused members of the Duke lacrosse team. She became a national celebrity as activists warned that anything but long criminal sentences would be proof of racism by the prosecutors. Durham D.A. Mike Nifong joined this lynch mob atmosphere despite the absence of forensic evidence to support the claim of rape. When he was removed and the lie was exposed however North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper refused to prosecute Mangum, who ruined the lives of these students and triggered racial tensions in the region. Cooper simply let her walk in a disgraceful but politically expedient decision.

Notably, there is no published review of the original case and the evidence against Montgomery. There appears only the evidence of the accuser in the case and it makes me wonder about the prosecutor’s role in the case.

Source: Times Dispatch

67 thoughts on “Virginia Woman Falsely Accuses Man Of Rape And Sends Him Away For Four Years Before Recanting . . . Given Just 60 Days In Jail To Be Served On Weekends

  1. “Men are pigs and deserve to be in prison for offenses committed by other men over the millennium. Women are victims and are absolved of all sins involving sex crimes,” This is the unwritten rule that permeates our current culture.

  2. This is a perfect example of why we need Federal legislation to compensate victims of wrongful imprisonment and prosecution, and classify both as crimes against rights under cover of law.

    Notice that I did NOT say “wrongful conviction” since many people are sent to prison through coerced plea bargains. I included wrongful prosecution since, even if successful, the cost of defending oneself against a bogus charge can lead to the financial ruin of an innocent person.

    Finally, I want this to be FEDERAL legislation since State standards for compensation are all over the map, with, VERY ironically, Texas among the best and Wisconsin among the worst. Meaningful compensation should not be left up to the whims of cheap states.

  3. Surprised you haven’t written about Wanetta Gibson. Her lie sent an innocent man to prison for 5 years, ruined his promising football career, AND she received a 1.5 million settlement against the school where she claimed the rape happened.

    She received NO JAIL TIME, and only after public outcry was any monetary compensation sought. They are going to garnish her wages? Reportedly she has been living on public assistance (where did all that money go?) Sounds like for a person like her, that is simply an incentive not to work.

    Amazingly all the articles I have read treat the $2.6 million judgement as a victory, as if she is actually going to pay it. I would love a follow up article from you that includes an assessment of how this monetary fine will play out, or if she in fact received any real punishment for her crime. How much time would a person get if they kept someone imprisoned in their basement for 5 years? She kept an innocent man locked up – and at taxpayer expense.

  4. That is really not fair compensation. As bad as our culture views rape, you think the courts would be more upset about a false accuse of rape.

  5. AY,
    I think wordpress is hungry this morning.
    I agree that this lady should have received a more significant sentence, but I am not sure it has to be an equal time to what the alleged rapist served.

  6. The eternal mind-set of prosecutors, police and the courts is “guilty, guilty of something, at sometime, somewhere even if proven otherwise”. The message sent is “everyone is guilty, even if its not the crime they’re charged for, someone has to pay, someone has to go to jail, no exceptions.”

  7. “Perhaps the most infamous refusal to charge such a case involved Crystal Gale Mangum, 33, the stripper who falsely accused members of the Duke lacrosse team.”

    Another case of false accusation involved rightwingnut Rachel Marsden who falsely accused two different men of sexual harassment…two men that she was stalking and harassing. No wonder Fox Nuisance hired her.

    One of her victims was the swimming coach at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, who was fired because of her accusations, and she was awarded $12,000. On appeal, the coach was proven innocent and SFU ended up paying him as well, but unable to recoup the money from Marsden. She never faced charges for her accusations nor for her harassment and stalking of others.

    The worst thing about stories like these are that they become fodder for the pro-rape, woman-hating “men’s rights advocates”. Cases of false accusation are rare compared to rapes and assaults reported and unreported (1 in 100? 1 in 1000?). But to the clowns in the anti-woman brigade, it’s only the false cases that matter.

    Women like Coast end up making it harder for victims of sexual assault and harassment to come forward and be believed. Nafissatou Diallo and others get accused of being “gold diggers” or having other ulterior motives instead of having their cases taken seriously (i.e. Strauss-Kahn insinuated Diallo was a prostitute). Rather than making everything public and silence discussion with evidence, the Shermers of this world file “cease and desist” paper to silence discussion by force.

  8. From the article:

    “Just prior to sentencing Coast, Jones asked, “What do I do? Is it an eye for an eye, or is there room for compassion?”

    *******************

    There is my dear judge and it should have gone toward the real victim not the kid –now an adult — who told the lie.

  9. “She raped him. The punishment should be equal to the crime.”

    And then she’ll never recant. Do you people ever thing about such things?

  10. HAS ANYONE ELSE received the message that this blog was shut down due to violations of the Terms of Service Agreement?

    I tried to log on for quite a while and I got that message.

    This was in the last hour.

  11. David 1, August 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    “She raped him. The punishment should be equal to the crime.”

    And then she’ll never recant. Do you people ever thing about such things?
    ===========================
    I thing therefore I id.

  12. Another thing that happens frequently is the misuse of the domestic violence laws. Many people, mostly women, use them as auxiliary divorce strategies. Wifey, usually, will pick a fight with hubby, even to the point of hitting him, and then when he strikes back, calls the cops. Then when he is hauled off to jail, and there is a temporary restraining order, she raids the house and/or stays there during the pendancy of the divorce, whether there are kids or not. I saw one where the wife packed up a lot of valuable stuff the husband had before marrying her, and took it off to another state in a flatbed trailer.

    While this is supposedly addressable in divorce court, it often costs more to pay the lawyers to fight about it than what it is all usually worth. Not to mention the effect on the person who went to jail and now has a record. Sometimes, even the lawyers themselves will suggest this course of action to their prospective client.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  13. mespo,

    Exactly. Justice requires equity. An eye for an eye is only nominally about equity. It’s about revenge as well. However, one need not be vengeful to be equitable. This sentence is nothing like equitable. Still, I hope a civil suit is brought and Mr. Montgomery gets some measure of justice there.

  14. “Coast, 26, accused Johnathan C. Montgomery, a former neighbor of raping her in 2000 when she was 10 years old and he was 14.”

    Your numbers do not add up. If Coast is now 26, then she was approximately 13, not 10, in the year 2000.

  15. David, A stiff sentence and clear message that falsely accusing someone of rape is going to put you in prison for years, not days, will help PREVENT anyone from having to recant. Didn’t you ever think of that?

  16. Nal 1, August 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Dredd,

    We know. WP goofed. Everything should be back to normal.
    ======================
    Thanks.

    I thought we had been Miranda’d …

  17. nick spinelli 1, August 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    David, A stiff sentence and clear message that falsely accusing someone of rape is going to put you in prison for years, not days, will help PREVENT anyone from having to recant. Didn’t you ever think of that?
    ===================
    Good point Nick.

  18. “Hampton Circuit Court Judge Bonnie L. Jones”

    Did you get that name Chief Justice Roberts … here is a new appointee for you on the FISA court.

  19. I did think about that, the problem is the deterrance factor is related to the possibility of being caught. I still think we need to encourage people to come clean rather than discourage them. I work with a lot of wrongful accused, I’ve talked to people who have been mistaken in some instances, and lied for a number of reasons in others. I cannot believe that punishment is going to solve the problem. It’s hard enough to get people to come clean as it is.

  20. This is one of those arm-chair situations where it is too easy to chime in and start calling for a more harsh sentence on this liar. Wee don’t know how nuts she is. If she is not nutty enough to interpose the defense of not guilty by reason of insanity that does not mean that her lesser version of insanity should not be taken into consideration upon sentencing her. We do not have the full record and should not judge the judge. But that being said, someone ought to slap her mother around for not clueing in the prosecutor to begin with that the victim here was unreliable.

  21. something not mentioned here or maybe its time i get stronger glasses. is the fact that prosecutors have no incentive to prosecute the false reporter. its them putting the so called rapist in jail that goes on their resume for their future in polietricking.

    anyone remember the book by james patterson “Innocent man” its the one book he wrote based on true life. where the man was a almost famous baseball player who had undiagnosed mental illiness. a woman was raped and killed and they interviewed every man in town and the prosecutors decided that the baseball player committed it and they went after him with everything they had until they got a guilty plea and put that man on death row… it tooks years and years but the innocent project finally got the man free and the prosecutors were caught hiding evidence, lying, threatening witnesses and even after the truth came out. they still refused to apologize. they wouldnt even release the poor guy until a yr later and the judges didnt do anything about it. and they were still bound and determined that the baseball guy committed the crime and not the original rapist and killer who eventually confessed.

    prosecutors dont give a darn about right or wrong all they care about is their resumes to get into po lie tricking thats it and all…

  22. Maddog, That’s your son who just lost 5 years of his life. Now, give me your benevolent speech about the poor girl.

  23. Robin, The book of which you speak is The Innocent Man by John Grisham. The book is a compelling story and indeed shows the depravity of the prosecutors. I only ask that you not paint all prosecutors w/ the same brush.

  24. I am sorry women like her are the reason why real rape victims do not go to the police. She should get the same like her victim did. If I was the guy I so would sue her for everything she owns.

  25. They probably had sex back when she was 10 and he was 14. Part of the reason she brought it up when she was 17 was, she was hurt and furious that he spurned her after she grew up. But finally her love for him overcame her fury, and she lied by recanting.

    There must have been “extenuating circumstances” because:
    1. They were kids at the time, BOTH OF THEM;
    2. Her word against his, because the evidence would have been long gone;
    3. He probably said that they were friends, so circumstantial evidence;
    4. Witnesses?

    I mean, you just don’t get convicted on someone accusing you right at the edge of what would normally be the statute of limitations, without some evidence or witnesses of some kind. If you do, the whole judicial system is tremendously flawed.

    Are there links to the actual details of the case? If there are, I missed them.

  26. She was 17. She was not a woman. We give kids breaks all time .. why not this one? Oh, because she is a female who actually did something that lives in urban lore. It’s like being caught for voter fraud and having the GOP say “SEE!!!???”

    If she were 27 I’d say hit her with false reporting, obstruction and perjury and give her the maximum sentence. I’m sure the judge considered all mitigating factors and sentenced wisely.

  27. “I’m sure the judge considered all the mitigating factors and sentenced wisely.”

    terafied, How would you like to buy some prime real estate in south Florida. It’s just a short drive to the coast!!

  28. Of course what the judge does in the name of justice and what the relatives do in the name of justice are two different matters– different strokes for different folks. Which is why God made rifles.

  29. And we should get her ugly face off of the blog. My flowers in the room wilted when we moved the computer screen around the room for an experiment.

  30. She was 17. She was not a woman.

    If she’s 26 now, and she testified in 2008, she was 21 then, not 17.

    As Michael Val noted above, the numbers in this report don’t add up. At least one of the details is wrong; we just don’t know which.

  31. Yeah, well dumb prosecutor because any woman that ugly would have to pay a prostitute in order to get porked. No dog in his right mind would hump her leg.

  32. Again, no mitigating circumstances when it comes to falsely accusing of rape, because that’s the thing that makes you guys batshit crazy. Never mind the fact that people falsely accuse other people EVERY DAY and it never hits a hot button like this one.

    Also, it’s fun to read all of the misogynistic crap about her looks. Way to show how genuine you all are.

  33. terafied just showed the first comment in this thread poignant. She just didn’t know you’re not supposed to say it out loud.

  34. no mitigating circumstances when it comes to falsely accusing of rape, because that’s the thing that makes you guys batshit crazy.

    There’s batshit crazy to go around on both sides, and I think that’s because of the nature of the crime of rape. Sex happens untold millions of times every day. The only thing that separates each of those acts from a rape is the consent of the parties involved, and in most cases, the only evidence of consent, or lack of it, is their word. So nearly all rape cases come down to who the judge and/or jury believes, and popular opinion is going to influence that. If people in general believe that women lie about being raped, then a lot of real rapes will go unpunished. If they believe that women almost never lie, then a lot of men will be wrongly convicted. Anyone who’s moved by either of these injustices will be passionate about getting popular opinion on the side which prevents it.

    I think that before any rape case is brought to court, the accuser and the accused should each take a polygraph test, in which they are asked two questions:
    1. Did the two of you have sex?
    2. Did you consent? (accuser) or
    2. Did you believe at the time that the other party consented? (accused).

    The results of this test should be admissible in court. It’s not perfect–polygraphs aren’t 100% accurate–but it’s better than the crapshoot we have now.

    Note: the reason for my link won’t be apparent if you just read the post. You need to read the comments, especially starting from #118.

  35. This happens everyday somewhere. A child feeling neglected, a woman scorned, too much TV, music, games & ect., prosecutors bringing in revenue for the local justice system. Want a real eye opener? Search the innocence project, and falsely accused sites. You may need them some day, remember the 9th Commandment.

  36. nick spinelli said:
    “David, A stiff sentence and clear message that falsely accusing someone of rape is going to put you in prison for years, not days, will help PREVENT anyone from having to recant. Didn’t you ever think of that?”

    Nick can you provide any evidence that stiffer sentences will help prevent people from recanting? We do know that the death penalty does not deter anything.
    And Im not in support of punishing the crimes of a 14 yr old girl 12 yrs later. I do think society can most certainly do everything possible to make the victims life as whole as possible.

  37. That she came out on her own and withdrew her false accusation is a strongly mitigating factor.

    The principle of punishing false witnesses goes back into antiquity:

    “If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong; Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days; And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and has testified falsely against his brother; Then shall you do to him, as he had thought to have done to his brother: so shall you put the evil away from among you. And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall from now on commit no more any such evil among you.” — Deuteronomy 19:16-20 American KJV

  38. One more reason for re-lowering the age on consent. Sixteen, and if not forceable rape, or by use of intoxicants, fourteen, a misdemeanor. Parents need to be responsible for their children. When my daughter was in high school, she thought I was too strict. It’s ok. I was not verbally abusive, and never ever struck any of my children. I said no, and meant it. She grew up fine. She is a beautiful young woman, and my son, a fine young man who respects women. There was a reason for the old age of consent laws. If you had one who was having sex that young, you didn’t put them in prison, you put them in marriage. Now I understand that that is not always the solution, but, look at what we do now. In Wisconsin, two teens were engaged. They consummated the act, the boy was 18 and she was seventeen. He went to jail and has to register as a sex offender. They married when he got out. So where was justice. … And as for false prosecution, for no cause, I was arrested, beaten nearly to death, and then prosecuted. They were going to charge me with assaulting a police officer, but, while in the emergency room, chained to the bed, a nurse opened my shirt and had to cover her mouth at what see saw. She made a call for me, without them knowing as I was being held incommunicado. A lawyer showed up at the DA’s office as they were about to lay a major felony on me. Witnessed of course by about all of the 18 police, the woman who I was walking home, like I was taught to do counted, while she was trying to tell they I was handicapped. In court, a good attorney, charges disappeared. I sued for false arrest, malicious prosecution, and my broken body,(34 years later I still have waves of pain…they did things in the precinct station) In Eastern District Fed, Court Wisc., I won on all counts except, then beating the bejesus out of me. One of my arms was 360’d and then cuffed. Moral, don’t falsely arrest, or prosecute out of spit, but, beat the hell out of them. Police violence, and prosecutors helping out, is always okay in America.

  39. Just to clear up the timeline and ages of the people involved:

    2007 The parents of Coast catch her looking at pornography. She makes up a story of prior sexual abuse to explain her behavior. The story: she was molested by Johnathan Montgomery in 2000, when he was 14 and she was 10.

    2008 Montgomery goes on trial in Virginia for forcible rape, is convicted and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.

    2012 Coast admits to authorities she lied on the witness stand in 2008.

    2013 Coast pleads guilty to perjury in May.

    2013 Judge Bonnie L. Jones imposes a five year sentence, plus restitution in the amount of $90,000. All but two months of the five-year sentence is suspended. Coast will be allowed to serve that time on weekends.

  40. I was falsely accused of rape, but the cops were sharp: They asked the liar to describe my privates, and she got it wrong.
    She was brought up on several charges and convicted, but used the diminished capacity defense, went on meds and beat prison.

  41. WHY DO YOU THINK ISLAM IS BEING ALLOWED TO SPREAD ALL OVER EUROPE & AMERICA?

    TO PUT MANNERS ON WOMEN!

    AN ISLAMIC MARRIAGE COURSE:

    When a young Muslim tells his father he wants to get married, his father tells him to “come out back & I will teach you a few tricks”!
    He cuts a branch off a tree & gathers a pile of rocks.
    “Now son, on your wedding night, when she comes on all “lovey dovey”, give her the Mother of All Beatings”. She will begin to cry,

    “But I didn’t do anything wrong”!

    But you tell her, “That’s in case you EVER think of doing anything wrong”!
    The father tells him, “Son, in Islam we marry the VAGINA, THE PUSSY & its to be always ready for us to “play” with:

    RELIANCE OF THE TRAVELLER:
    A CLASSIC MANUAL OF ISLAMIC SACRED LAW
    Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri
    w45.0 A WIFE’S MARITAL OBLIGATIONS (from m5.I, end)
    A WIFE’S MARITAL OBLIGATIONS IN THE SHAFI’I SCHOOL
    *
    w45.1 (Abu Ishaq Shirazi:) A woman is not obliged to serve her husband by baking, grinding flour, cooking, washing, or any other kind of service, because the marriage contract entails, for her part, ONLY THAT SHE LET HIM ENJOY HER SEXUALLY, and she is not obligated to do other thar. that. (A: Rather, it is considered sunna in our school for the wife to do the housework, and the husband (who is obliged to support her) to earn the living, since this is how the Prophet (Allah bless him and give.
    him peace) divided the work between Fatima and ‘Ali (Allah be well pleased with them)) (alMuhadhdhab fi fiqh ai-Imam al-Shafi’i (yI25), 2.68).
    A WIFE’S MARITAL OBLIGATIONS IN THE HANAFI SCHOOL
    w45.2 (Nahlawi:) The wife’s serving her husband at home-by cooking, cleaning, and baking bread-is religiously obligatory for her, and if she does not, she is committing a sin, though it is not something that she may be forced to do by the court (al-Durar al-mubaha fi ai-hazr wa ai-ibaha
    (y99),I72).

    “Now son, if you tell her you want to “play” with PUSSY, then she has to drop everything, especially her knickers & get up them stairs”.
    “If she doesn’t, then give her a couple of wallops of the stick & that will teach her manners.”

    “And what are the rocks for Dad?”

    “Well son, there might come a time when she feels like running away & you have to defend your HONOR. This is were the rocks come in handy.
    Dig a big hole in the backyard; put her into a sack & hop the rocks of her head. She won’t run away again”!
    “Women have a knack of having a “headache”, when you want your “iron”!
    “Well, just show her the stick & rocks & tell her,
    “I’ll give you all the headaches you want, if you don’t behave yourself!
    Get up them stairs & warm the bed. I’m feeling horny just thinking about it”!

    ALLAH ROCKS!

  42. Death to women like this – they know they are attempting to murder a man when they do this – that other men will try to play hero and kill the guy accused.

    Kill them, publicly – put a bullet in their head and let the birds eat their carcass – it’s no less then people would do to the falsely accused.

  43. If i was this guy (the real victim) I would not rest until the Lesbian Judge and the Messed up Rape Accuser where locked up for a significant period of time. I would make it my life’s purpose.

  44. “Sex happens untold millions of times every day. The only thing that separates each of those acts from a rape is the consent of the parties involved, and in most cases, the only evidence of consent, or lack of it, is their word.”
    This is why the rule used to be that without physical evidence of serious violence rape was almost impossible to prove. Fornication has not been seriously treated as criminal for a long time. So, simply proving that sexual intercourse took place was usually insufficient to prove rape.
    If she claims that he plied her with alcohol, then surely you knew that drinking alcohol gets you drunk, reducing your ability to refuse or resist. Drugs? If sneaked into her drink or something like that, maybe.

  45. […] Another topic we discussed is the way men are viewed when accused of rape. We have two aquaintances here at SBU that have had rape charges brought up against them that were later dropped when the accuser addmitted to the false aqcusation. Had these “victims” not admitted to their fallacies it could have very well meant that innocent men would have been sent to jail with the only evidence being the first hand account of the accuser. While we all acknowledge that this is not the most common occurence, it does happen (https://jonathanturley.org/2013/08/20/virginia-woman-falsely-accuses-man-of-rape-and-sends-him-away-f&#8230😉. […]

  46. I am an actual victim of rape and attempted murder and for 22 years have been trying to get answers and prosecute the perpetrator. It makes me angry to see someone abuse the system and it makes it harder for actual victims to get things done and seek justice.

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