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Seattle Times news story:

“That we hurry to castigate a person who turns out to be entirely innocent … I don’t know how it could be worse,” said King County District Court Judge Peter Nault, saying the incident will make it harder for real sexual victims to bring their cases forward.

Nault accepted a guilty plea from Katherine M. Clifton, accused of making false statements to a public servant.

Those statements led to the rape charge last summer against the professor who subsequently spent nine days in jail and was placed on leave from his job.