Woman Falsely Accuses Former Inmate of Rape

A Washington woman admitted this week that she falsely accused a former inmate of raping her to cover up her own sexual misconduct. Taressa Jolene Browning had been working as a contract worker for the Progress House, an organization hired by the Washington State Department of Corrections to run its Peninsula Work Release facility. As part of her duties as a facility monitor, Browning was responsible for watching former inmates that had been released from prison. Browning was also responsible for driving the former inmates to and from their jobs.

Details of Incident

According to prosecutors, Browning pressured one of the men that she was charged with monitoring into having sex with her.


The man did not want to have sexual relations. However, he was worried that she could send him back to jail if he did not comply. While the man did not report Browning, a different inmate sounded the call.

Lying About the Event

When asked about the incident, Browning accused the man of raping her. After reviewing the evidence and the corroborating stories, it became clear that Browning was the guilty one.

Deputy Prosecutor Ben Turner said that he wanted to move forward with the case rather than waiting for a year. Browning eventually pleaded guilty to first-degree custodial sexual misconduct and second-degree extortion. She also pleaded guilty to charges of malicious prosecution and attempted first-degree sexual misconduct.

As a result of the plea, she was sentenced to 180 days in jail. Under the law, she had faced a maximum penalty of 17 months of jail time.