Man jailed 10 months on false rape accusation


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A Gastonia man was falsely accused of tying up and raping a woman three times, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Justin Michael Gowan spent nearly a year in jail awaiting trial on charges of rape, kidnapping, assault by strangulation and assault with a deadly weapon.

After interviewing Gowan’s accuser, friends and family, prosecutors offered the 24-year-old man a deal. They believe his accuser was deceiving law enforcement, said Gaston County Assistant District Attorney Beth Stockwell.

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