After making national headlines for claiming most rape accusations are false, an eastern Idaho lawman is apologizing for his remarks.
On March 15, the Idaho Senate voted unanimously
to approve House Bill 528
, which would create new rules regarding the processing of rape kits. The legislation—the first of its kind in Idaho—requires local law enforcement to send rape kits to the Idaho State Police for processing unless the victim expresses otherwise, as well as creates a processing timeline.
That inspired Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland to respond with some jaw-dropping comments: "They need to let us decide if we’re going to send the kit and when we send the kits in,” Bingham told KDIK on March 15.
“Because the majority of our rapes, not to say that we don’t have rapes, we do, but the majority of our rapes that are called in, are actually consensual sex.”
Those words triggered a national backlash and, now, Rowland said he "misspoke."
"This has been a very humbling experience and I now know that I have to clarify myself more when speaking of sensitive matters such as this. I know that it is hard for victims to come forward on sexual assault cases," Rowland wrote on the Bingham County Sheriff's Office Facebook page
. "I want to apologize to anyone who I might have offended with my statement as my main responsibility is to the public’s safety and well being and maintaining their trust. I did a 10 minute interview and this is what came out of it and for that I am truly sorry."