Michael T. Chaplin

In September 2008, police arrested Michael Chaplin, a 24-year-old man, for having sex with a 15-year-old girl. The girl claimed that Chaplin had helped her sneak out of her home several times, and that she and Chaplin had had consensual sex one night. The prosecution produced a number of text messages between the girl and Chaplin. In a bench trial, Chaplin was convicted of sexual assault and received a one year sentence. His conviction was reversed on appeal, and he was acquitted of the charges by a Circuit Court judge in February 2009 after his girlfriend’s mother came forward and testified that Chaplin was at her house on the night in question.

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Posting Date:  Before June 2012

 

State:Virginia
County:Augusta
Most Serious Crime:Child Sex Abuse
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2008
Convicted:2008
Exonerated:2009
Sentence:1 year
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Age:24
Contributing Factors:Perjury or False Accusation
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No