"Not guilty" verdict? Expose the false accusers.
I've never met Agostinho Rodrigues. I've read that he's a pretty dang good soccer coach, though- and in catching up on some reading today I've seen how the former Edgewater (Orlando) coach's trial has wrapped up. The verdict? Agostinho Rodrigues was found NOT GUILTY of all charges levied against him.
Rodrigues was found NOT GUILTY- so it's time to expose the false accusers that tried to send him to prison and have done a great deal towards wrecking this man's life. Yet they remain cloaked under the cowardice of anonymity.
NOT GUILTY of all 6 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation he was charged with
NOT GUILTY of the 1 count of sexual activity with a child that he was charged with
Despite damning testimony from both his false accuser and her mother, Rodrigues' trial revealed that there was absolutely no physical evidence that he committed a crime, no independent testimony whatsoever to support the false accuser's fairy tales.
What did Rodrigues' trial reveal?
False accuser claimed incidents happened in November and December of 2009
False accuser waited until sometime in January, 2010 to tell her parents about the incident
False accuser's mother decided to wait until the end of the school year (May or June of 2010) to go to the Orlando Police about the incident. Her rationale? She said she wanted to wait until school was out- to protect her daughter.
What? I can boldly say one thing on here: It'd surely be illegal and arguably "wrong", but if I get word from my daughter that a guy's done to her what this false accuser claimed Rodrigues did to her, someone else is gonna have to call the Orlando Police and see if they get lucky and beat me to the guy. There'd be no "waiting until school's out"- unless it's me waiting in the parking lot to whoop that guy's tail until somebody came along to save him. But I digress...
Am I tough on the false accuser and her mother? Nope- for I've seen both sides of this coin. Call it some kind of chivalry or just some old-school country raisin', but there are some things you just don't do. You don't put your hands on a female in anger- not ever, nor for any reason. You don't beat your kids- for while they require discipline, there's no excuse for beating them and it's easy to tell the differences.
And I've been molested- twice. I know the realities of having a parent hear of it, too. When I finally told my mother of one of my cases of molestation just a few years ago, I had to beat her to the door then- for 30 years down the road she was going to beat the heck out of a guy that surely would've fallen victim to the element of surprise and a .38 pistol. That's what a mother does.
The 3rd thing you don't do is falsely accuse someone of molestation,rape,incest and the like- for each time a believable accusation turns out to be false, there's a chance that a true claim will be dismissed by folks hardened by hearing lies.
So let's expose the false accusers here- by name. Adding their names to a list that includes Tawanna Brawley, that lyin' stripper that tried to wreck those Duke lacrosse players' lives and that liar of a maid that took down the IMF head is the least we can do for innocent Agostinho Rodrigues as he sets about rebuilding his life and career.