NOT CHARGED | SEXUAL CONDUCT with a MINOR – State v. Mr. M. (DMC No. 5360) (Mesa Police Department Investigated): Mr. M. and his wife had adopted the alleged victim when she was 5 ½ years old. This was after she had been abandoned by her mother (twice) and put into foster homes. She was now a 17 year old teenager, and she had gotten a speeding ticket, a car accident and was exhibiting destructive behavior. Mr. M. required her to go to church, and just prior to going they engaged in a yelling match regarding her behavior. When she got to church, she made allegations to her elder that Mr. M. had molested her. Detectives conducted a “confrontation call” in which the alleged victim called Mr. M. in order to try and get him to confess to a crime. He denied all crimes, and agreed to meet her at a local Denny’s. He again denied all crimes, and at that point police arrested him. We began representing him, and showed the Detectives that this was all his adopted daughters manufactured allegations. In addition, his wife immediately filed an Order of Protection, cleared out their bank account and began a divorce proceeding. When all of this was presented to Detectives, and they agreed there was no probable cause to forward this to the County Attorney’s Office. No charges were brought against Mr. M.