"Gotcha" moments don't come more classic than the one that happened in Montgomery County recently.
The Sheriff's Office blotter says two officers were called to an apartment to investigate a sexual assault.
"The alleged victim stated to the deputies that her 26-year-old male friend had sexually assaulted her," the report says.
Fair enough, and with that friend standing in the same apartment, no big manhunt needed.It's a good thing he was looking out for himself, because without that recording, his accuser's testimony alone would have been enough to convict the fellow.
Not so fast: "Upon further investigation the deputies watched a video recording the male had made that showed the female telling him that she was calling the police because he was making her leave the apartment and she would tell the police he assaulted her."
That must have been some look on the woman's face when the dude hit "play."
Sheriff's Lt. Dan Norris tells Hair Balls he doesn't have any further info on the incident, including the name of the woman, who was arrested for making a false report.
"It was unusual, though," he says. "I remember reading that report and going, 'The man was looking out for himself.'"
Another story in today's Houston Chronicle by Ryan Crockett describes what happened to a man who was falsely accused of rape when a 14-year old victim picked him out of a photo lineup, an event which ruined his life before DNA evidence cleared his name. The article opens:
Six months after being charged with rape in a case that left his personal life in shambles, Jose Torres is now able to begin picking up the pieces.
Citing insufficient evidence, the Harris County District Attorney's Office on Thursday dismissed an aggravated sexual assault charge against the Houston man, according to court records.
Torres, 32, served two months in jail early this year and is still trying recover from the stigma of being an accused rapist.
"Right now, my whole life is ruined," Torres said Monday. "I lost my job and was evicted from my apartment. I'm trying to pick myself up."
Torres was charged in February in the reported sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in her southeast Houston home in July 2010.
According to police, Torres visited the house two days before the incident as a contract sales representative for Comcast. The girl identified him in a photo lineup, which led to his arrest.
Torres is criticizing how police handled the case. "This whole story was messed up since the beginning," Torres said. "The family said I went into the house, I never went inside that house. There was no evidence and no witnesses. I had to prove my innocence instead of them proving my guilt."
Torres and his attorney, Juan Guerra, said negative DNA results led to the dismissal.
The district attorney's office could not be reached to confirm the reason for the dismissal. Houston police have not yet commented on Torres' statements.