Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Deadbeat's Dilemma

State v. Vikel, no. 08-0525 (March 26, 2009)

Vikel took a cab to his mother's house, alleging that dear old Mom would pay the fare.

Of course she was nowhere to be found, the cabbie contacted her dispatcher who called police, and when they arrived Vikel alleged that the cabbie had touched him inappropriately. He accused the cabbie of sexual assault, wanted her arrested, and so on and so on.

After determining the accusation had no merit, Vikel was arrested for theft and interference with official acts ,and subsequently charged him with making a false report of an indictable offense. Vikel's arguments that he didn't actuallty report the offense had some support, but the court found that the jury could have found that Vikel's statements constituted an affirmative act on which guilt could be founded.

I guess he knows something about sex abuse, because here's his picture from the Registry.


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