It Didn't Get Better For Samantha Kelly, R.I.P.
Samantha Kelly was 14 years old when a popular high school student, Joe Tarnopolski, 18, allegedly forced her to have sex.
“I told him, ‘You are hurting me. Stop. You’re hurting me.’ and ‘I want to leave,” Kelly said she told the 18-year-old when she appeared on WJBK Fox News Channel 2.
“There was a point where I squirmed and he pulled me back down by my legs, and I cried and he wiped my tears and told me everything would be okay,” Samantha continued.
Except things were not O.K., and they did not get better. While the “It gets better” campaign is directed to gay teens to prevent suicide, Samantha might have benefited from the moral support. She did not get it.
After the alleged rape, two stories about her sexual encounter surfaced. In the first, Samantha claimed Tarnopolski forced her to have sex. However, before Samantha went on Fox News, the D.A. “coerced” a statement that the affair was voluntary. That changes the crime from violent rape to statutory rape.
After the Fox 2 News interview, Samantha’s crisis turned into a nightmare. Tarnopolski claimed there was a “confidentiality agreement.” He sent a series of twitter messages.
For example, on October 3rd, Tarnopolski sent out a tweet, “You say I fucked your life up, but your the one who lies to everyone because your scared to get in trouble! You threw this upon me! Your idea.”
Meanwhile, many who had been Samantha’s friends turned against her, choosing to support the popular Tarnopolski. They threw food at her in the lunch room. There were taunts and jokes. There was a Joe Tarnopolski Is Innocent Face Book Page, a slap in the face for a little girl whose claim she had been violated was not being believed.
Even the Assistant Wayne County D.A., Keisha Glenn, whose obligation it is to protect the victim, came down on Samantha. Glenn said she would tell the judge about Samantha's first statement the sex was voluntary if she repeated the Fox 2 News version. It was a veiled threat to charge Samantha with perjury. This is according to a report on the Detroit News given by Matthew Evans, Tarnopolski's court appointed attorney.Continued on the next page