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January/February 2011 , Page 24 

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Saving Tonya Craft: An Integration of Science and Law

By Demosthenes Lorandos

Why would three little girls from three different families all say Miss Tonya sexually abused them if nothing happened? How could three little girls from entirely different backgrounds lie about something as serious as digital penetration? When the children’s stories were corroborated by physical evidence and a year of careful therapy, who could doubt that these terrible things actually happened? This was the prosecution’s mantra. The prosecution leaked these “facts” to the press at every opportunity. This was the prosecution’s justification for a 22-count indictment. These heinous acts, the prosecution team cried, demanded a sentence of 480 years.

Arrested in 2008, Tonya Craft was set to be tried in Catoosa County, Ga. If one were to put a pin in a map of Georgia in the Catoosa County courthouse square, and draw a circle with a 50-mile radius, one would discover more fundamentalist Christian churches per capita encompassed by that circle than anywhere else

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