December 1979: On September 2, 1980, Douglas L. Caswell rapes a single mother in her Minnesota apartment. He appears to have used some force and was lucky to escape with a 43 month sentence, certainly in an American courtroom. At trial he claims the sex was consensual - which it clearly was not - and tries to adduce evidence that his victim had made a prior false rape allegation to the police against another man. In dismissing his appeal, the Supreme Court of Minnesota states that: “The false claim of rape which complainant made to appellant against Wilberg was not made to the police and she did not persist in making it after it became clear that it had negative consequences for Wilberg.”


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