“Interesting, the evaluation firm is a non profit started by (insert drum roll) the female prosecutor with a government grant… No website, no board of directors, not a member of the state network of child advocates. Sounds as if we have our own Mary Ann Kellett here.” Government prosecutor gets government grant to help prove her cases…hmm… does that sound like a conflict of interest to anyone but us? Unbelievable!!
Kelso man: Child sex abuse charges a ‘witch hunt’
A Kelso man is suing Cowlitz County, saying he was wrongfully arrested and prosecuted for sexually abusing his young daughter.
Bryce Lemmons, 29, was arrested in October 2010 and charged with first-degree child molestation and first-degree rape of a child. The charges were dropped last June.
In a lawsuit filed last week, Lemmons said he passed two polygraph tests administered by separate examiners, yet investigators “failed to explore the possibility that the sexual abuse allegations were an invention” of his ex-wife.
Lemmons also alleges that the Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center, a quasi-governmental agency that assisted with the investigation, displayed “a stunning level of incompetence.” The group’s role in the investigation, according to the suit, “amounted to a witch hunt.”
Lemmons, a diesel mechanic and dispatcher at his family’s Longview company, Interstate Wood Products, had sought publicity about his case though his attorney. He denied in the suit that he ever sexually abused his children. Lemmons alleges that his ex-wife, Jessica Lemmons, and her parents “maliciously and deliberately implanted false memories (of the abuse) in the young children” as leverage in a custody dispute.
The lawsuit says the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, Cowlitz County prosecutors and CJAC all were negligent in their investigation of the case…