Sandra Howard was arrested. When she learned she would likely be facing charges for her criminal behavior, she pulled out the card that is so often used to give woman an upper-hand in such matters – a false allegation of sexual abuse.
However, this time, her target was the officer investigating the earlier case. There were also a bevy of witnesses who would refute her claim that the officer “inappropriately touched her” in a sexual way.
From the article:
During the trial, McCoy pointed out that none of the multiple witnesses observed the officer act in any way unprofessionally and that Howard did not raise the allegations until several days later after she learned she would likely be facing criminal charges as a result of the officer’s investigation.
She trumped-up the charges in an effort to discredit the investigating officer’s reputation. The sad reality is that police officers are particularly susceptible to such false allegations. The irony is that these same police officers often arrest targets of similar false accusations that are used by people to gain an upper-hand in family court and custody matters.
From the article:
Judge Carey “indicated that he would release her early and suspend the balance of time on condition that Howard receive an evaluation for underlying mental health, dependency and anger management issues and follow through with any and all recommendations,” McCoy said.
So, while she was sentenced to a meager 90-days in jail for committing a crime that could have ended the accused officer’s career and put him in prison – something we often see is that a female gets a lesser sentence, if they have to serve any time at all, for putting others’ lives and livelihoods in jeopardy.
For the full article, click here: Jury finds Howard guilty of false allegations against police officer