November 9, 1982: At Miami, Florida, Pedro Figueroa is arrested for the rape of an 11 year old girl. This is a shocking story that proves not only do even quite young girls lie about being raped but that they conspire to do so. The case against the accused looks extremely strong because not only does another girl back up the alleged victim but a forensic test from the Jackson Memorial Hospital Rape Treatment Center appears to confirm she has indeed been raped. Figueroa is indicted, but on December 14, when State Attorney Jeff Feldman takes over the case he notices a serious anomaly with the forensics.

When both girls are re-interviewed on January 3, 1983, the truth comes out: the girl was afraid she would be disciplined by her grandmother for being late. After 58 days, Figueroa is cleared. File under both NONE DARE CALL IT CONSPIRACY and WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH KIDS TODAY?

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