John A. Steakely

Attorney John Steakley is a 1996 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He began his career as the Special Prosecutor for Drug Crimes for a multi-county, multi-agency drug task force in Tennessee, where he represented the State of Tennessee in thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases in a 5-county judicial district.

Woman Cries Rape Because She Didn't Enjoy It

A Tennessee woman falsely accused a man of one of the most serious crimes on the books because, well, because she just didn't enjoy the sex:

Police said Lynette Lee admitted to a Clarksville detective last week the rape claim she had made earlier in the month was false. She said she had only made the claim because she did not enjoy the date.

On November 23, Lee had told police that after meeting up with a man she met online at, she and the man had gone back to a hotel together. According to a report, Lee said once at the hotel the man removed her clothes and, despite her protests, had sex with her.

The suspect in the case was called in by Clarksville police and told officers he and Lee had been out on a date and engaged in consensual sex.

During a second interview with police on November 27, Lee told the detective she wanted to drop the entire case because it was a lie. Police said Lee told them she had lied about the incident "because she did not enjoy it and it was bad."

Police charged her with filing a false report.

It's always wrong to falsely accuse anyone of a crime, but something like rape is especially horrible. At least they were kind enough not to put this guy's name on the internet. Long before she confessed, though, she probably enjoyed lots of attention and special treatment as a "victim" of crime that never happened. 

I feel sorry for any man accused of rape. I've tried several rape cases in my career by as a prosecutor and defense attorney. I'm always amazed at how closed-minded some potential jurors are. I've had potential jurors say, "A woman would never lie about being raped" and they mean it. I don't think they are just trying to get out of jury service. I sincerely think that they are clinging to this centuries-old idea that a woman who "admits" a rape is somehow lowering her own reputation in the community, so a woman would never devalue herself like that by falsely claiming rape.

That's just not the case anymore. Society accepts premarital sex as normal. A virgin bride over 18 isn't expected anymore. Therefore, women are now "free" to falsely accuse men they don't like of rape without lowering their own standing in the community. Unfortunately, the older idea that a woman would never do that persists in the minds of many potential jurors. Because of that, men don't get trials that are as fair and balanced as they should be.

UPDATE:  Here's another example of an innocent man accused of rape because the "victim" didn't want to confess to consensual sex with her friend's boyfriend.

Ashleigh Loder, 25, wasted at least 100 hours of police time by inventing the assaults.  She first told officers she had been attacked by two strangers in an alley before changing her story to say a man she knew had forced her to have sex in her home. 

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