Anonymous: My daughter loves sleepovers. The "social butterfly" of the family, she plans one with her friends almost every weekend, and most often they are at her best friend's house. I don't know what it is about this place, but she loves it there, and she loves her friend's family. I do, too -- they're lovely people and I am very fond of them. And I have never questioned my daughter's well-being or safety when she's there. That is why I was shocked when the father of this family was accused of molesting his child.
I knew the father was innocent, and in the end, it was proven that he was. The person who accused him -- someone I have had run-ins with myself, so I knew what he was capable of -- fits the definition of a sociopath. (Seriously, he is the craziest, most manipulative, evil, weird person I have EVER known.) He lives across the street from our friends, and was fond of having loud parties late into the night. On one of these occasions, the music was still blaring at 1 AM, and my friends had no choice but to call the police, as it was keeping their children awake on a school night. They told him the next day that they had been the ones who called the cops; they apologized and explained that they had tried to call him and knock on his door, but the party had been so loud he didn't hear. He was not appreciative, to say the least. From then on, he had it in for them.
It was the very next week that cops showed up at my friends' door to look into allegations that the head of the family had been molesting his son. Of course there was no proof of this, but any call put in to CPS has to be taken seriously. All three of their children were interviewed separately by the people who came to the door, and all emphatically denied that their father had ever touched them inappropriately.
Everyone knew who had called this in -- and why. (Paybacks, courtesy of Mr. Psychopath.)
I was able to pass this information on to "Psycho's" ex-wife, and she, in turn, vouched for my friends and showed concrete evidence (e-mails and texts) that her ex was out to get them for calling the cops on him the week before.
Even though my friend was found innocent and was given the opportunity to press charges against his crazy neighbor (which he turned down!), he was traumatized by having the "molester" label put on him, albeit for just a few short days. Now he will no longer allow any of his children's friends to spend the night -- including my daughter. He never, ever wants to take the chance that the label will be put on him again.
I get it. But my daughter doesn't, and she is heartbroken that she can no longer sleep over at her best friend's house. She's only 8, so I can't fully elaborate as to why. I've reassured her that she had nothing to do with it, and that she has done nothing wrong. Poor thing.
I hope psycho guy gets his in the worse way possible, for harming an innocent family and for getting in the way of two little girls' sleepover fun.