NCFM Member Jerry Cox case update, false accuser Ashley Harris ordered to pay attorney fees
NCFM NOTE: Mariposa Gazette Editor Greg Little says below, “It might be a small victory, but it is a victory nonetheless…” True, but from our perspective the victory is much bigger. There may be other such cases where a female false accuser was ordered to pay attorney fees but we are not aware of any. If you know of any such cases please leave a comment and tell us about them. We pursued this not because the attorney fees are important but because we strongly believe false accusers should be prosecuted, but they seldom are. We include a larger version of the picture posted in the Gazette as a warning to other men who may be attracted to her. She is still free to abuse at will…
Jerry Cox gets small victory in case involving rape accuser
| June 11, 2020
By GREG LITTLE Editor
It might be a small victory, but it is a victory nonetheless.
The woman who accused former Mariposa County landowner Jerry Cox of rape has now been ordered to pay part of his lawyer fees in another matter.
That matter comes out of San Luis Obispo County, where Cox prevailed last year in a rest raining order case involving Ashley Harris. Harris is the woman who accused Cox of holding her against her will and raping her repeatedly.
Four- teen felony charges were filed against Cox by former Mariposa County District Attorney Tom Cooke. However, after almost two years, Cooke suddenly dropped the case, only saying he could not prove it in court.
Yet Harris persisted in her legal pursuit of Cox, filing a restraining order against him in San Luis Obispo County, where she lives. She sought a five-year restraining order against Cox, saying he was a danger to her well being.
But Harris’ case was rebuked by San Luis Obispo County Judge Erin M. Childs, who said she was not believable.
“She was an evasive witness,” said Childs in her ruling. “She would not answer questions directly.”
The rape charges date back to 2015, when Harris was staying at the Bison Creek Ranch which was then owned by Cox. Cox said he meet Harris on the farmersonly.com dating site.
During the hearing last year, several witnesses told the court that Cox did not rape Harris. They said Cox treated her with respect and saw no indications of him holding her hostage or raping the woman.
Cox told the judge he had intentionally stayed away from his own ranch for several days because he was told by others that Harris was saying she had been raped before. However, Cox did come back to the ranch and took Harris to dinner at Castillo’s restaurant in Mariposa. He said when they came back to the ranch, Harris was visiting with other people staying there and he felt things were normal.
Harris claimed it was that night in which Cox held her captive and raped her at the ranch. All of the other witnesses said they did not believe that was the case.
Eventually, Harris left the ranch with another woman who was staying there. Harris told the court she and the woman went “straight” to the office of the California Highway Patrol where Harris told an officer she was raped.
But the friend, Darlene Windham, told the court they actually first went to a local bar where they drank beer. It was after that she said they went to the CHP office.
After being at the CHP office, officers from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office were given the case because it was alleged to have happened in the county. Eventually, statements were taken by the local officers and that is what led to the 14 felony charges against Cox. Those charges could have landed him in prison for the rest of his life.
It took two more years before Cooke would drop the case. Though not confirmed, it has been reported by several sources that Cooke attempted to get officials in other jurisdictions to take over the case but to no avail.
During all of this, Mariposa County officials also pursued a major case against Cox and his property, which was 435 acres located in the Mt. Bullion area. Cox has lost his property in the receivership case, though his attorneys are continuing to battle the county on several fronts — including in federal court. So far, the case remains active in the federal court.
In the restraining order case, the judge said Cox “has suffered a cataclysmic blow to his income due to his relationship and resulting litigation” with Harris.
But the judge also said there were discrepancies in the report of fees submitted by Cox’s attorney, Marc Angelucci. The judge said “at a minimum” the fees were $2,000 but possibly “up to $23,630.”
Judge Childs also cited Harris’ “ability to pay due to her disability.” The nature of the disability was not included in the court filing.
In the end, the judge ordered Harris to pay $2,000 in monthly installments of $100 until it is paid off. Those payments begin July 1 and interest will be charged for late payments.