Man's Sex Abuse Acquittal Shows Problems for Prosecutors

5/3/2017 - Distinguished Professor of Psychology Gail Goodman in the Mail on Sunday.

The acquittal of a suburban foster father charged with sexually abusing boys in his care shows the challenges prosecutors face in proving abuse allegations without strong corroborating evidence.

Gail Goodman, a psychology professor at the University of California at Davis whose research has focused on child abuse and the accuracy of witness memory, said it's striking the jury foreman favored acquittal from the start.

She said researchers have found one of men's biggest fears is being falsely accused of child sexual abuse.

"This may bias some men against believing victims of this crime," she said.

Read the full story in the Mail on Sunday.

Filed under: