Woman Recants Rape Accusation; Pleads Guilty to Perjury
Updated 11:38 AM EDT, Tue, Jan 3, 2012
After privately confessing to her priest, a New Jersey woman publicly admitted Monday that she had lied about being gang raped in 2005, testimony that had landed a Bronx man in prison four years ago.
Biurny Peguero Gonzalez, 27, a new mother, followed up on her heavy conscience and pleaded guilty to perjury charges in Manhattan Supreme Court, leaving herself open to her own prison sentence.
A judge is expected Thursday to exonerate carpenter William McCaffrey, the man she had falsely accused and sent away for 20 years. He has been free on bail since September 1st.
At confession with her Catholic priest in March, Gonzalez had admitted her lies and later formally recanted to authorities. Bolstering her new story was a recent DNA test the determined McCaffrey, 32, could not have made the bite marks on her arm and shoulder the morning she reported the bogus gang rape.
Gonzalez admitted conjuring up the rape claim to explain to angry friends why she had left them in Upper Manhattan one night in 2005. Now she faces up to seven years in prison when sentenced in February.