Rape Charge Against Steven Feagin Dropped Due to Alleged Victim's Credibility

Categories: Crime
steven-feagin.jpg
Broward Sheriff's Office
Steven Feagin
Sexual assault charges against Steven Feagin -- the former Deerfield Beach High School football standout who went on to play running back at the University of Illinois -- were dropped due to the credibility of the alleged victim, according to a closeout memo from the Broward State Attorney's Office.

Feagin, now 41 years old, was arrested in September 2008 after the Broward Sheriff's Office said the "accused serial rapist" had sexually assaulted one woman in Pompano Beach and three others in Illinois. Feagin still faces charges for the three Illinois cases, but the Pompano Beach case is out after nearly three years of strange behavior from the alleged victim.

Since the day the woman called the police saying she was attacked, June 10, 2007, she told investigators -- and even the 911 dispatcher -- that she believed her ex-boyfriend committed the crime.

While detectives began investigating the ex-boyfriend, the FBI confirmed to police that the woman was a witness against her ex-boyfriend in a case regarding fraudulent insurance claims on automobiles.

Investigators got a warrant for the ex-boyfriend's cellphone records around the time of the attack, finding that the phone was in Boca Raton.

The man also voluntarily allowed police to collect his DNA, and by April 2008, it was determined his DNA profile did not match that found on the alleged victim's bed sheets.

After detectives reached out to police in the Illinois cases, Feagin became a suspect,specifically noting Feagin's locations during the crimes, as well as the similarity between all four victims -- each being blond women with light-colored eyes.

A warrant was obtained for Feagin's DNA, and on September 29, 2008, the Broward Sheriff's Office crime lab identified a match between Feagin's DNA and that found on the alleged victim's bed sheets in Pompano Beach.

After his arrest, police took another statement from the alleged victim. She told them Feagin was her neighbor, and said Feagin's wife was her "best friend." The woman said they would visit each others' houses occasionally, and that Feagin would often seek marital advice from her.

In her memo, Assistant State Attorney Nicole Alvarez says she was assigned the case from the beginning, and first met with the alleged victim shortly after charges were filed against Feagin.

Immediately, she said it was her ex-boyfriend who sexually assaulted her, even though she'd already been told Feagin's DNA matched.

Alvarez says she explained to her how DNA worked, what the Combined DNA Index System was, and answered all of her questions, but the woman still believed it was her ex-boyfriend.

Over the next few months, the alleged victim began to concoct what would generally be considered conspiracy theories.

First, she accused her ex-boyfriend of possibly paying Feagin to sexually assault her, and added another man had knowledge of this. That man was in prison at the time of the attack.

Then, the memo says the woman "began accusing the FBI of covering up" for her ex-boyfriend.

"Several times, [redacted] stated that the FBI was part of her attack," Alvarez writes. "She then began to say that I was covering up for [the ex-boyfriend] because he had turned state evidence."

The woman then started harassing Feagin's wife, calling her numerous times, then contacting her family members on Facebook after she changed her phone number.

In the meantime, the alleged victim's conspiracies continued.

Aside from the idea that it was an elaborate setup by the FBI and the State Attorney's Office, she also began saying she knew a pair of DEA agents who could confirm that Feagin and her ex-boyfriend were arrested together in a drug case, but couldn't quite remember the names of those agents -- probably because that wasn't true either, according to the memo.

The woman also changed her story a few times over the three years, at one point saying she saw her ex-boyfriend's car outside her house after the attack, and also claimed she'd suffered a broken jaw during the attack -- which she hadn't.

Earlier this year, the State Attorney's Office flew the three alleged Illinois victims to Florida for a Williams Rule hearing to strengthen the prosecution's case against Feagin in the Pompano Beach attack, but that motion was denied after the court found the cases were not similar.

By April of this year, the woman was found by a doctor to be not competent to testify, although the doctor claimed she could become competent through counseling and medication.

Meanwhile, the woman was contacting the daughter of a police officer from Urbana, Illinois -- the city where the other three attacks occurred -- and would also call Alvarez' office a bit too often.

By May, the State Attorney's Office discovered that the woman had sent a letter to more than 150 members of the media, including Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein -- which is already a problem since Finkelstein is the boss of Feagin's public defender.

The letter apparently included a statement that a separate doctor declared the woman competent to testify, although that doctor claimed during a deposition "that she was not qualified nor was it in her area of expertise to evaluate someone for competency in this context."

On August 26, Alvarez told the woman she was dropping the charges, spending 2.5 hours explaining it all to her.

At that time, Alvarez writes the woman still believes it was her ex-boyfriend who sexually assaulted her, and that prosecutors were protecting him to pin the crime on Feagin.

That makes the only piece of evidence tying Feagin to the scene of the crime is his DNA on the bed sheet, which Alvarez says doesn't even prove any form of actual sexual contact.

Combining the three years of credibility issues and persistent allegations, Alvarez says the state couldn't move forward with the allegations, even though she believed Feagin raped the woman, according to the memo.

"It was with a heavy heart that I dismissed these charges," Alvarez writes.


Follow The Pulp on Facebook and on Twitter: @ThePulpBPB. Follow Matthew Hendley on Facebook and on Twitter: @MatthewHendley.
My Voice Nation Help
11 comments
Lilylegs13
Lilylegs13

Sounds like this victim is being raped all over again by the state attorneys office.  Shame on you Nicole Alverez, how dare you publicly dicredit a rape victims story and try to put her down and make her look bad.  You should  be ashamed of yourself and the state attorneys office.  I have lost all respect for these people and our judicial system.  Ms. Alverez just remember waht comes around goes around.  Your day will come.

Soccer shop
Soccer shop

Real Sociedad de Fútbol VS Barcelona football club football club forward   11 to 12 season  three rounds, west huge will be in Barcelona  football club away against Real Sociedad de Fútbol, Barcelona football club last season on the  road wheels 34 have 1-2 defeat by opponents. adidas f50 adizero womens first  round read spell as Barcelona  football clubDue  to the first round of the program because of the strike, and the third wheel is  actually deferred second round. Barcelona football club have not good at  playing league start, the past nine years,-10 season completed only for the  first three rounds streak, the rest of the season is be within three rounds, adidas f50 adizero trx, 9 season 5 wins the  first round 3 flat 1 negative, of which half lost time occurs in the first  round for the breakout, adidas adipower predator trx, the most famous is at  home last season by the hittite, library. First round easily lose points  because it is located in the first round of the season after FIFA matchday, adidas predator x trx, and first in the  season's champions league matchday, by the main players before before ousting  the suffering of consumption, the uefa champions league after start wars  distraction, large-scale rotation is difficult to avoid, adidas adipure iv trx, the team fighting it  normal. Low So this Real Sociedad de Fútbol can beat Barcelona football club, whether for parents  to repeat mistakes, is the second biggest attraction. adidas f50 adizero prime trx read  all be suspended tookExcept  in the FIFA matchday no depleted, Barcelona football club before this good  news, even receive a ban's Daniel Alves da Silva wear cheap soccer cleats and David  Villa Sánchez like to buy soccer cleats ", a large number of the wounded back the release "squad, including  long-term injury stop Puyol wear nike soccer cleats,  summer carles puyol thigh strain ligaments in the United States Carles Ibrahim  Afellay wear adidas soccer cleats, spain  super cup for minor injuries of Adriano Leite  Ribeiro wear puma soccer cleats and Maxwell  Sherer Cabeliro Andrade wear mizuno soccer cleats, in addition Eric Abidal wear cheap soccer jerseys and Seydou Keita wear fernando torres cleats Ramadan  has over, since the champions league final Barcelona football club first team  since the height of the personnel.big  rotation starting next guessIt is  imperative to starting rotation, it is not difficult to guess. The world sports  daily gives the FIFA break before Barcelona football club starting three can be  found rule, the central axis much dwell, Lionel messi wear lionel messi soccer cleats in  the national team often after returning from the new signing off, the more  start. So the Andrés Iniesta wear wayne rooney cleats and Thiago  Alcantara wear wesley sneijder cleats composition midfielder, cesc fabregas wear cesc fabregas cleats and David  Villa Sánchez wear gerard pique cleats at  least one person was expected to start.Both  sides suspended players:Barcelona football club: Gerard Pique wear sergio aguero cleats (hurt)Real  Sociedad de Fútbol: Carlos Martinez wear ronaldinho cleats (ban)  red cardThe  starting:Barcelona football club (4-3-3)  :Goalkeeper  valdes: 1- Victor Valdes Arribas wear cristiano ronaldo cleats Guard:  2- Daniel Alves da Silva wear didier drogba cleats, 14-  Javier Alejandro Mascherano wear zlatan ibrahimovic cleats, 26-  Andreu Fontàs Prat wear pato cleats, 19- Maxwell Sherer Cabeliro Andrade wear kaka soccer cleats Midfielder:  15- Seydou Keita wear van persie cleats, 8-  Andrés Iniesta wear nani cleats, 11- Thiago Alcantara  wear andres iniesta cleats Striker:  17- Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma wear david villa cleats, 7-  David Villa Sánchez wear nike ctr360 maestri ii elite, 9- Alexis Alejandro  Sanchez wear nike total 90 laser iii Real  Sociedad de Fútbol (4-4-2) :Goalkeeper:  1- Carlos Bueno wear nike total 90 laser elite Guard:  26- Carlos Martinez wear nike tiempo legend iv, 16-Randolph wear nike mercurial vapor superfly,  3-predecessor Gonzalez wear nike mercurial vapor superfly ii,  24-Della Bella wear nike mercurial vapor superfly ii safari,Midfielder:  17-Zulu figure gaza  wear nike mercurial vapor superfly iii,  11-ALanBuLu door wear nike mercurial vapor superfly safari iii

Striker:  9, gillett jr wear adidas  world cup sg

Soccer shop
Soccer shop

Real Madrid VS Getafe  Club de Fútbol Club de Fútbol preview: two iron waist regression   The huge three rounds of a focus fights in  the bernabeu began, real Madrid and team  Getafe Club de Fútbol for the same city to a Derby.  Meeting record: real Madrid five straight only lost one at home  Both sides league history, though, real Madrid 14 games eight  wins and two draws negative 4 the upper hand. With almost five meetings, the  whites keep voles, home record is five wins and a draw 1 negative. Last  season's first leg, Alvaro Arbeloa () accumulative total was sent off for two  yellow CARDS, real Madrid a man less 3-2 narrow victory, at home to the 4-0  victory over.   Big list: had NaLuo raghuraman back  One day before the news that, Sami Khedira  wear soft ground soccer cleats because the injury to miss the opening of  the games had to pull, still do not reach the requirements of the match  fitness, but mourinho is still will fill the Germany international 20 list, it  looks like there were no serious problems. The same is Esteban Granero wear indoor soccer  shoes return and Varane wear artificial  ground soccer cleats , Nuri Sahin wear hard ground  soccer cleats and Hamit Altintop wear firm ground  soccer cleats still missing, but orchis by those who enter 18  people even before jose mourinho decided to list. Where all didn't go to pull, Lassana Diarra wear turf soccer  cleats, with the team training but still not in the squad.   Cristiano ronaldo wear mizuno wave  ignitus, Getafe Club de Fútbol's buster  Two leg last season against Getafe Club de  Fútbol, cristiano ronaldo wear puma powercat  1.10 guest war field goals scored two goals and home a  hat-trick, two games into five goals. And according to media statistics, nearly  five rounds of the cross season, scoring 14 league cristiano ronaldo wear adidas f50 adizero prime 7 ball, averaging 2.8 ball, terrorist data has transcended the-all the clubs  such as Hugo Sánchez Márquez wear adidas f50  adizero trx legendary striker, see home could take Derby  offering flag.  Jose mourinho's first rev. Rotation kaka wear adidas  adipower predator expected to start  Two international weeks to the foot, large  Numbers of real Madrid surely ye have influence, especially next week and more  difficult to play in the champions league group stages, and is expected to jose  mourinho will also small rotation, will be the new season three official games  for the first time since. The marca "revealed, didn't get the call-up kaka  wear adidas  predator x trx, Brazil's most promising won their first start to  fill seats, as for the Mesut Oezil wear adidas  adipure iv trx or Angel Di María wear nike  mercurial vapor superfly iii return to see jose mourinho ideas.   The two sides are expected to start:  Real Madrid (the 4-2-3-1)  : Iker Casillas Fernández wear nike  mercurial vapor superfly iic; Sergio Ramos García, Kepler  Laveran Lima Ferreira wear nike tiempo  legend ii, Ricardo Alberto Silveira Carvalho, Marcelo Vieira da  Silva Junior wear nike total 90  laser iii, Fabio Coentrao, Xabi Alonso, Angel Di María wear nike ctr360  maestri ii elite, Mesut Oezil, cristiano ronaldo wear puma soccer  cleats ,  Karim Benzema

Getafe Club de Fútbol (4-4-2)  : Miquel Moya wear mizuno soccer  cleats; Miguel Torres, Cata Diaz wear adidas soccer cleats, bartholomew,  marcie laila; Pedro Rios wear nike soccer cleats , Javi Casquero, Rafa Lopez wear soccer cleats,  Sarah via; MiKu like soccer cleats buy

PamelaHaley
PamelaHaley

There are people like this all over the world... completely out of touch with reality. I know a man who very clearly has 4 children with 3 women yet, he only admits to a son and a daughter. He has 2 daughters with the same woman and 2 sons with 2 others. Because he was able to convince the mother of the first son, he wasn't the father, she has convinced a black guy to pay child support (the child is so clearly not black and a spitting image of the real father both visually and mentally.) The two little girls are identical and 9 months apart yet he insists the 2nd is not his since he was seeing the woman who had his 4th child while she was pregnant with the 3rd. The first woman also joined cults with rape initiations, beats her son and lived with her father who beats them both. Now, last I heard she was getting married to a guy whom she was made pregnant by in the first month of their relationship... I found it odd because she was living with my ex and was pregnant within the month.

Browardcitizen
Browardcitizen

This is one example of what's wrong with Satz's state attorney's office. Three damn years to do the right thing because the gung ho prosecutor "feelings" were against such action. Think about how much of the taxpayer's funds were spent on subpoenas ($40 each), plane tickets, court notices, court reporters, transcripts, and dna and other experts. Alvarez is an idiot and every lawyer in that courthouse knows it. She's as brash and impersonal as she is stupid. But that's how Satz likes his prosecutors. Satz's motto "go balls to the wall at the taxpayer's expense"

Hummingbird640
Hummingbird640

Absolutely Right Lilylegs13 This is so wrong cant believe the victim is being re-victimized over and over the system is all for the criminal

SURVIVOR
SURVIVOR

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THIS CASE????

Hummingbird640
Hummingbird640

We as survivors need to take a stand Hopefully Illinois will do what Broward County is obviously not capable of

Now Trending

Miami Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...