July 1984: In Virginia, the police are called in after the daughter of Michael Wayne Clinebell accuses him of unspeakable crimes dating from June 1983. He is tried and convicted, by which time she is 12 years old.

On April 22, 1988, the Supreme Court of Virginia quashes his convictions, and makes the following findings of fact relating to the evidence of his daughter:

“The statements included the daughter’s claims on two different occasions that she was pregnant. These claims were patently untrue and were made in 1983 and 1984 when the daughter was 10 and 11 years of age. The daughter also claimed to have been sexually assaulted by her grandfather and her uncle. In light of her obviously false claims of pregnancy, a reasonable probability exists that her claims of sexual misconduct against the grandfather and the uncle also were false.”


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