Monday, November 19, 2012

VA - Plight of wrongly accused man by Elizabeth Paige Coast in Virginia finds support

Elizabeth Paige Coast
Elizabeth Paige Coast
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RICHMOND - The Innocence Project has joined the effort to free a man who is serving a prison term for a sexual assault a woman now says never happened.

[name withheld], 26, was convicted in 2008 of sexually assaulting Elizabeth Paige Coast. The accuser, then 17, claimed [name withheld] assaulted her outside her grandmother's house in Hampton in 2000 when he was 14 and she was 10. [name withheld] was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.

The Associated Press does not typically identify alleged victims of sexual assault. Coast, however, is being identified because authorities say she admitted to fabricating the story and she has been charged with perjury.

Nov. 9, Hampton Circuit Judge Randolph T. West tossed [name withheld]'s felony convictions and ordered him released from prison. ...

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