Someone claiming to be a St. Mary's College student and a suspect in the alleged rape of another St. Mary’s student posted on this blog, proclaiming his innocence:
“I am being accused of a crime I didn’t commit,” wrote the poster, who identified himself as Blake Johnson, the St. Mary’s sophomore whom police had arrested last Friday on suspicion of rape. “I want scream my innocence from the top of Mt. Everest and tell the world.”
You don’t see many recently arrested crime suspects protesting their innocence so vehemently and publicly (because they get lawyers who tell them to keep their mouths shut). This comment certainly got my attention, especially when Johnson (or the person claiming to be Johnson) said his goal was not to persuade, but “to express my anguish in these hard times.” He also spoke of the “undeserved” pain and suffering his family his going through.
It turns out that Johnson (or the person posting and claiming to be Johnson) might have a point in protesting his innocence.
According to the Contra Costa Times, the District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against Johnson and sent the case back to police for further investigation.
Moraga acting police Chief Robert Priebe says the case is still “active.”
Johnson was arrested and booked into County Jail in Martinez, but he immediately posted $100,000 bail and was released. Police and college officials say the rape occurred January 24 at an on-campus residence and involved a woman who was also a student at the college. The woman identified Johnson as her attacker, leading to his arrest.
We don’t know the circumstances of the case. Did it involve two acquaintances? Is it a he said/she said thing? Did the woman properly identify the man she says assaulted her?
I posted a response to Johnson saying that I hope the truth comes out, and, if he is, in fact, innocent, that he will be exonerated.