Here, at Bad Lawyer Blawg I have often commented on the claims of false allegations of child sexual abuse and one might conclude from my comments that I don't believe that false allegations happen. Wrong. Based on my experience, false allegations of any crime, are not uncommon, including rape and child molestation.
Years ago I had someone I respect connected with social services tell me that a certain agency's experience was that most allegations of child sex abuse arising in divorce disputes were unreliable, while, most allegations, not involving domestic relations proceedings were reliable. The statistics seem to support this general rule, I've never been comfortable throwing around statistical data for rhetorical purposes--but, I think the overall observation by my friend, the social science expert is true.
Experientially, I can attest to representing many children of child sex molesters/monsters in which there was overwhelming evidence of the crimes committed by the parent. Likewise, there are many situations that I reviewed that I was declined to pursue because the only evidence of the molestation was the estranged spouse's suspicion that something occurred. There are situations that I reviewed where I suspected that something did happen but the custodial parent was herself, so "borderline" that proceeding with the Mom as the adult guardian representative of the child-victim would be certain disaster--in which case the only step was to refer the matter to children protective services agencies.
When I think about the monsters that my colleagues and I did go after and did catch, I still get chills. I don't think it is too strong a word to describe the childhood of these children as individual holocausts. Horror shows of terror and physical injury that go on for years and in many cases that I encountered, generations.
Robert Doyle was making about $49,000 a year as a salesman for an insurance company in Montgomery before his ex-wife accused him of sexually abusing the two girls. In 1992, a Montgomery jury convicted him of abusing the two, ages 7 and 9, and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison."
Get this, the prosecutor in the case resulting in the wrongful imprisonment of Robert Doyle--is now a Montgomery County, Alabama, Judge. Judge Graddick (who also served a term as Alabama's Attorney General) was the ex-wife's divorce attorney in a bitterly contested divorce action. So here we have an attorney who represented a woman in a case against her husband, then he becomes the prosecutor and prosecutes the ex-husband on false allegations stemming from the divorce and resulting in the wrongful imprisonment of the ex-husband. Conflicts of interest, appearance of impropriety? Your turn, Judge Graddick!