Father set free after Longview woman admits lying about 2001 rape



LONGVIEW — The Cowlitz County prosecutor says she won’t charge a Longview woman who admitted that she lied when she said her father raped her — sending him to prison for more than nine years.

Prosecutor Sue Baur says charging Cassandra Kennedy might discourage girls from reporting sexual assaults.

Now 23 years old, Kennedy says guilt prompted her to tell police in January that she lied as an 11-year-old in Kalama in 2001.

The Daily News reports that her father, Thomas Edward Kennedy, denied the allegation but was convicted by a jury and sentenced in 2002 to more than 15 years in prison.

Now 43, Kennedy was released last week and all charges against him were dismissed.

Cassandra Kennedy says she lied because she was disappointed in her father after her parents divorced.