Duke lacrosse accuser convicted of child abuse
By EMERY P. DALESIO
The Associated Press
Friday, December 17, 2010; 6:06 PM
DURHAM, N.C. – A woman who authorities said falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape four years ago has been found guilty by a North Carolina jury of misdemeanor child abuse and damaging property.
A Durham County jury on Friday convicted 32-year-old Crystal Mangum of contributing to child abuse or neglect, injury to personal property, and resisting a public officer stemming from a February confrontation with her live-in boyfriend. Mangum was sentenced to time already served before she was released on bail earlier this year.
Police said Mangum piled her boyfriend’s clothing into a bathtub and set it on fire while her three children and two police officers were inside the apartment.
Such a sweet young lady … whatever went wrong …