Accusations of sexual child abuse have been rising especially rapidly in Southern California, where the McMartin Pre-School trial of seven teachers on charges of molesting 41 children has been widely followed, and Minnesota, where 25 adults were charged with molesting 40 children in the small town of Jordan. James Rud, 27, was sentenced to 40 years in prison on the charges, but two of the other adults were acquitted, and the charges against the remaining defendants were dropped.
For years "we didn't find child abuse when it was there. Now we are in danger of finding it when it is not there," [Brian Taugher] said after the verdict. When his case drew widespread publicity, he said, he heard from dozens of people "with various horror stories about being falsely accused of child abuse."
Paul Wallin, [William Gillett]'s attorney, has represented 40 teachers accused of sexually abusing students across the country in the last year; none of them have been convicted. He runs workshops for teachers on how to avoid being falsely accused of molesting students.