July 29, 2014

DA says sexual assault claim was a lie

Prosecutors in Polk County say they plan to drop charges against a man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

In charges filed in December, District Attorney Dan Steffen says the man from Turtle Lake was accused of assaulting the girl at her home.  However, GPS information from a handicapped transportation service the man worked for later proved he never left his route on the day of the alleged assault.

Steffen says finding out an alleged victim was not telling the truth is about the worst situation you can imagine as a prosecutor. He says there is no doubt now that the accusations were false.

AUDIO: DA Dan Steffen (:14)

Steffen says his office will do everything possible to clear the man’s name, including having the case dismissed and expunged from all databases so there’s no “cloud on his history.”

Kurt Mayer, WXCE