“Had the grand jury found (the women) were lying, the grand jury could have issued charges for perjury,” Champagne said.
“I have seen nothing in that case to justify or warrant any charges against the alleged victims in any shape or form.”
The case would be reviewed again, he said, “only if new evidence is brought forward.”
MOTHER SPEAKS UP
While area media reported the charges against Matthews, pointed out his mother, Darcy Matthews, in a letter to the Press-Republican, there was no coverage of the grand-jury findings.
She believes her son has been exonerated, “and I feel obligated to stand up to help clear my son’s name and try to undo some of the damage to him and our family.
“Thanks to the actions of these (accusers), my family’s lives have been changed forever,” she wrote to the Press-Republican. “My son no longer feels like part of a community where he lived his whole life, where most of his family still live.
“My faith in this small and normally supportive community has been shaken to the core.”
She said her son has moved out of the area but she still lives in Tupper Lake and wants people to know the charges against him were dropped.
Tupper Lake Police Chief Tom Fee was not available Friday for comment on the arrest and subsequent court findings.
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