Horrible Miscarriage Of Justice: Man Jailed For 20 Years On False Sexual Abuse Charges
Clyde Ray Spencer spent 20 years of his life in jail for a crime he did not commit -- the sexual abuse of his children that his ex-wife claimed was going on. He was just awarded $9 million by a jury in federal court in Tacoma, Washington, for the disgusting denial of his civil rights by police officers and prosecutors there.
Via Lenona, Robert Franklin, Esq., posts at NationalParentsOrganization:
In 1985, Spencer was an honorable man and father serving Tacoma as a police officer. He had two children, Matt, 9 and Katie, 5, and a stepson who was four. His wife was having an extramarital affair with a police sergeant, Michael Davidson, and decided to divorce Spencer. Not long after their divorce was final, she went to Davidson claiming Spencer was sexually abusing the children.
Davidson, eager to please his paramour, went right to work. He put Detective Sharon Krause on the case and soon she had the children on videotape claiming their dad was a brutal serial pedophile. Faced with that evidence, Spencer entered an "Alford" plea meaning that he maintained his innocence but admitted that a jury could find him guilty. He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 14 years and began serving his time.
But all was not right with the case against him. Eventually he found a lawyer who was willing to do the hard work of overturning a plea entered into by a man considered the worst sort of monster. What that investigation turned up was the entire fabrication of a case by police and prosecutors. Here are a few of the findings of the civil jury in federal court this past February.
•Spencer's wife, who called policed about the abuse claims, was secretly having an affair with Sgt. Davidson, who led the investigation of Spencer. This was not revealed until after Spencer was in prison.
•Spencer's natural children Matt Spencer and Katie Tetz testified that they were never abused.
•The stepson maintained that we was abused. However, he has a long criminal record for crimes including burglary and forgery. The authorities reduced his sentence in exchange for his testimony against Spencer.
•The detectives concealed medical exams showing that Spencer's son and daughter were not abused.
•Attorney Zellner charged that Det. Krause was motivated by advancing her career, and that after she started working in the field the conviction rate in child abuse cases rose by 800%. She had been a hotel clerk and met police officers who came to the hotel bar. She joined the Clark County Sheriff's Department and became a detective investigating child sex abuse, even though she had no training in the subject area.
Even more of these points at the link.
And then there's this:
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, there's the issue that's been almost entirely overlooked. The simple fact is that a mother - Spencer's ex - wanted a father - Spencer - out of his children's life, and with essentially no effort on her part, the legal system accommodated her wishes. She complained to Davidson and then sat back and watched the wheels of the criminal justice system crush an innocent man.
Beyond the imprisonment -- which is, of course, a huge thing -- this man and his children were denied a relationship for most of their childhood. And imagine what this can do to a kid -- being used for adult machinations in this way, to the point that they ended up sending their own father to jail.
Something I haven't seen in stories I've looked up: What happens to the ex-wife who accused him?
I've suggested that those who make false accusations -- those that are provably false beyond a reasonable doubt (same as the standard for the accused) -- serve the same prison time the accused would have.