Woman's Lie About Sexual Assault Put an Innocent Man in Jail for 4 Years

Elizabeth Coast ended up putting an innocent man in jail for 4 years after she lied about being sexually assaulted by him. After confessing, she ended up getting a 2 month "weekend service-only" sentence.

Elizabeth Coast, 26, of Hampton, Virginia falsely accused a man of raping her. Her lie ended up landing Johnathan C. Montgomery in prison for four years. She ended up getting 2 months of jail time, which she served on weekends and had to pay a $90,000 restitution charge on top of that.

Elizabeth Paige Coast came forward in 2012 and admitted that she had lied about Montgomery raping her.

Coast confessed to a judge that the lie started after she was caught by her mother looking at pornography on the internet. She then lied to her mother that she had been sexually assaulted by their neighbor, Johnathan C. Montgomery who was 14 at the time in 2000. "The lie snowballed from there," says Coast. “I had no idea how far this lie would go,” Coast said.

Coast testified during the trial that Montgomery had molested her which led to him being convicted and getting a 7 year sentence in prison. The crazy part, was that there wasn't enough evidence in the case to convict Montgomery, but the judged sided with Coast anyway.

 

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