Woman won't face charges after admitting she lied about father raping her

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Posted on April 2, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 3 at 11:56 AM

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A 23-year-old Washington woman who admitted she lied when she said her father raped her won't be facing any charges.

Prosecutors said if they were to charge Cassandra Kennedy with a crime, it might discourage people from coming forward about their fabricated claims in the future, potentially leaving innocent men and women behind bars.

Kennedy, who said she lied because she was disappointed in her father after her parents divorced, said it was guilt that finally compelled her to come forward to police and admit she lied that her father raped her as an 11-year-old girl in 2001.

Thomas Edward Kennedy, Cassandra's father, denied the allegations, but was convicted by a jury in 2002 and sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

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