A Falsely Accused VeteranMy fiance's story is not unusual; though disturbing all the same. George was maliciously accused of a crime he did not commit. The allegations were presented by someone who has a documented history of fraudulent claims and motive to behave vindictively. Both of these factors were illegal to disregard, yet went unaddressed by authorities and prosecution. The jury convicted George despite clear lack of evidence and multiple inconsistencies between witness testimonies. It seems this could have happened to anyone.
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George Ferenz joined the military in 2009 as a 19K M1 Armor Crewman. He served a combat tour in Afghanistan, fighting on the ground for 9 months and earning the Combat Action Badge. He completed his service in June of 2013. His friends, family, and neighbors all know him to be an upstanding, honest, and hardworking person. The allegations against him are in no way representative of George.
It is alleged that he sexually abused his former wife's daughter on October 21, 2012. Incidentally, this accusation immediately followed some very turbulent weeks of arguing divorce and custody of their infant son. Also, sufficient documentation exists to have illustrated for proper authorities that the putative victim's mother has a lengthy history of false accusation, as well as, irrational behaviors, alcohol abuse and attempted suicide. On multiple occasions she contacted Army superiors exclaiming George to be adulterous and abusive, only to later recant and admit her intention to instigate a reprimand and get George into trouble with military authorities. Despite protocol clearly demanding pursuit of implications such as these, investigators ignored rightful claims of false accusation and focused solely on securing a conviction. In fact, a primary detective in the case made false statements on her affidavit for the original arrest warrant.
The US Army conducted an inquiry into the allegations and reviewed the criminal case evidence from Riley County. After a thorough investigation, interviews with both parties involved, and a military administrative board hearing to determine if he should be discharged for commission of a serious offense, the verdict reached by the officials was that George was innocent of all charges.
George Ferenz left the army with honor and dignity. That honor and dignity was ******** away from him on September 12th, 2013. The trial itself lasted a bare 2 ½ days including jury selection. The prosecutor overstated the probative value of testimony and evidence. The mother gave inconsistent testimony and perjured herself on the stand. One medical expert witness for the prosecution gave testimony that directly conflicted with her original examination report. Most important of all, the alleged victim’s testimony did not correspond with her recorded statements from the original forensic interview and testimony at the preliminary hearing. At one point in the preliminary hearing she stated that she might have imagined it all. By the time the prosecution rested their case the lack of evidence was such that the judge dropped one of the charges entirely.
There is no logical explanation as to how the jury still found him guilty. The jury ignored the lack of any DNA or physical evidence, previous testimony, and any evidence introducing reasonable doubt, and from all appearances convicted George solely because of the alleged victim’s conflicting statements. Under Kansas law, the jury was not aware that a guilty verdict for any count meant a mandatory life sentence. They were also not informed of the military board’s findings which stated that George was innocent. From the standpoint of anyone faced with the loss of a lifetime, it was a devastatingly meager excuse for a trial.
George Ferenz is the victim of a biased investigation, lies and misstatements from witnesses, and a flawed justice system. He now faces the prospect of life behind bars because of manipulations and malice. His sentencing is arranged for October 21, 2013. We will be present on that date to show our support for George. He fought honorably for our freedom, and now it is our duty to fight for his. We are determined in our search for justice and will not allow this to end with an innocent man spending his life in prison.
JusticeForGeorgeFerenz 26-30 2 Oct 17, 2013