In 2001, a then 11-year-old Cassandra Ann Kennedy accused her dad of rape. Her father, Thomas Edward Kennedy denied the allegations, but was still found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in jail.
Nine years later, Cassandra admitted that she lied about the rape. And just last week, her dad was finally released from prison, after serving a wrongful 9-year sentence.
“I did a horrible thing,” Cassandra told the police. “It’s not OK to sit and be locked in this horrible place for something you didn’t do. It’s just not right.”
“I just want him to be out and freed,” she added. “I will be free on the inside.”
Cassandra confessed that she was angry after her parent’s divorce and was determined to set her father up, after learning of a friend’s stepdad who went to prison for a sex crime.