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Maryland Woman Fined After Recanting Rape Accusation

April 3, 1985

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ After recanting a rape accusation against a former boyfriend in a case that sent him to jail for 131/2 months, a 19-year-old woman has been fined $150 and ordered to help rape victims for 1,000 hours.

Kathryn Hargis Tucci, of Laurel, was directed by Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Robert H. Heller, Jr. to perform community service work, preferably at the county’s Rape Crisis Center.

″I want you exposed to the real trauma of someone who has been exposed to a rape experience,″ Heller said Tuesday. The woman was 17 when her former boyfriend, Mark F. Bowles, was charged.

Bowles, 23, who lives in Hanover, was convicted in February 1983 of assault and battery in connection with the fabricated sexual assault and sentenced to an 18-month term.

Last May, another circuit court judge released Bowles after he had served 131/2 months of the term. The judge ordered his release after Ms. Tucci admitted to falsely accusing Bowles of sexually attacking her.

When informed of the sentence, Bowles said, ″That’s pretty wild. I’ve chalked it up to experience. It has been a lesson to me to pick my friends wisely. I’ve had a good time since I’ve been out, and I try not to think about it.″

At the sentencing, the judge said if no arrangement can be worked out to have Ms. Tucci work with rape victims, he wants her to spend the 1,000 hours in the county jail as a volunteer, ″where you can see what it means to have your liberty denied you.″

The judge also ordered a psychological evaluation of the young woman.

The defendant, who cried during her sentencing, told the court she was sorry she had hurt anyone by her false testimony.

In Chicago, a lawyer is seeking the release of a man who has served six years of a 25- to 50-year term for his conviction on false rape and kidnapping charges. The woman whose testimony helped put the man behind bars now says she concocted the story in 1977 to conceal from her foster parents the fact that she had sexual relations with another youth and feared she was pregnant.

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