In March 2006 Beaverton police, covered in full swat gear with guns ready, stormed Higher Balance’s main office.
Nothing would change their belief that, in their own words, Eric Pepin was already guilty. This was before they searched for any evidence or spoke to a single witness. Below are parts of a shocking story about the case that would destroy two innocent lives and damage so many others…
Eric Pepin, the president, had been accused by an ex-employee of having a sexual relationship 8 weeks before his 18th birthday… 4 YEARS after he said it occurred and after he had been fired. Based on nothing but conflicting stories the accuser could not keep straight, the police led by Detective Mike Smith, put on their helmets, loaded their guns and raided the building.
Inside they found a normal, quiet office filled with a dedicated staff steadily working on their dream of contributing their part to a better world through meditation, activating the sixth sense and spiritual awakening.
Eric Pepin threw his full cooperation behind the police, who it seems never investigated the man making the accusations. They also never found any evidence that any of the man’s claims were true except 3 DIFFERENT stories he told police. (Later the man would ADMIT in depositions, under oath, many of the claims being made never happened. Nobody cared about his admission which occurred over a year after the trial ended clearing Eric Pepin.)
Every legal advisor, a retired captain of Portland’s police force, and a former federal prosecutor all assured Eric Pepin that it was so obvious the claims were made up, that once the police investigated they would be dismissed.
Almost a year later, Eric Pepin and Jamison Preibe would be charged for a crime they did not commit, without any evidence. Guilty until proven innocent… is this the new American way? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Duke_University_lacrosse_case
That fateful day in March, 2006 marks the moment the names, reputations and lives of many innocent people were destroyed. Despite Eric Pepin being found not guilty to all of the charges, the damage caused could never be undone.
Here are gathered accounts and details surrounding the case, true experiences from people who were there and are still waiting for justice.
It involves, what many believe, corruption in the Beaverton police and District Attorney’s office, a local reporter using her position at Portland’s biggest and most respected newspaper, The Oregonian, for her own ambition, and a thirst for money and power regardless of the cost.
For a more complete background see the news story here: Eric Pepin Cleared of all Sex Charges
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