September 1975: At Lakeland, Florida, a black schoolgirl gives birth to a mulatto baby. As she is way under age, clearly a serious crime has been committed. She accuses her white teacher, Michael Stephenson, who she says raped her in January. Then another girl comes forward - a thirteen year old - and accuses him of raping her on December 27, 1976. However, when it is shown Stephenson was out of town that day, the second girl recants. Medical and other evidence proves he could not have fathered the child. Eventually, the nightmare ends, and he is completely exonerated.

File under FALSE AND TRUE.

The report below is from the local press.


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