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Beaver Falls man accuses police department of unjust arrest

Pennsylvanians who are arrested for sex crimes are not only subject to harsh penalties, but they also experience the embarrassment of such a serious crime. For this reason, it is important for law enforcement to ensure that they are arresting a person who matches the victim's description before they arrest and accuse someone of sex offenses.

When a man approached a Pennsylvania woman, she had the sense to refuse his attempts to lure her into his vehicle. Instead, she reported the incident to the Stowe Township police. She provided the authorities with a description of the man. According to the victim, he was about 35 years old, had black hair, and drove a red four-door sedan; the victim also said that his license plate included the letters "ACG."

While the man was luring the woman into his vehicle, cell phone data proved that a 52-year-old Beaver Falls man was in his home. Nevertheless, police arrested him for the crime, and he spent three days in jail before he was cleared of the accusations. It is unclear why police arrested him; the letters in his license plate are "JDG," not "ACG" as the victim described. Also, the Beaver Falls was significantly older than the man the victim described.

Because the man suffered the embarrassment of an arrest and three days in jail, he has filed a lawsuit against the police department and the individual officers involved. According to the man's attorney, the officers disregarded the inconsistencies in the victim's description of the alleged offender and his own characteristics.

It is unknown whether the authorities have arrested someone else who more accurately fits the victim's description. Anyone who is facing charges for sex crimes may want to seek the help of an attorney.

Source: SFGate, "Pa. man sues police for 'wrongful' luring arrest," Joe Mandak, Nov. 20, 2013

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