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Friday, November 29, 2013

Wrongfully Accused.........

Mr. Jones: I am skeptical that you will post this but I feel compelled to send it to you any way in the hope that you will have the integrity to post it.
Charges Dismissed
A little over a year ago Bill Fourness Sr. was accused of a terrible crime by his youngest daughter. His daughter alleged that he had forcibly raped her four years prior. This alleged crime was posted in the local papers and on Solomon's Word. Mr. Fourness was immediately verbally condemned by the majority of the people who read these article-whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Mr. Fourness was shunned by many of his so-called friends and, even worse, slandered by other members of his family. 

Mr. Fourness is a poor man and lives on his disability check in an unfinished camp shell with no running water. Half of this disability check goes to pay child support on the accusing daughter-in fact he is ordered to pay more child support than Social Security is willing to take out of his check so he is in always in arrears. Under the New York state poverty guidelines Bill should only be paying about $25 a month in child support but he is unable to afford a lawyer to contest the support order-yet another example of the unjustness of the law. 

He is unable to work due to congenital on going spinal stenosis for which there is no "fix". He and his fiance wanted only to be left alone. It took every single cent that they could scrape together to obtain a lawyer for Bill. Over the past year he and his fiance have had to make numerous trips down to Potter County for legal proceedings in their falling-apart truck with bald tires.Their phone has been shut off. This couple has neither cell phones nor television and this lawsuit has been a terrible hardship to them-not only financially (it has cost them thousands of dollars) but mentally and emotionally. 

Bill had raised his two youngest children (the accuser and her brother) alone since they were toddlers and had tried to do his utmost best. He sacrificed his health, his teeth and had little social life. He used to hitchhike to and from work to provide for his kids. Bill asked for very little help and received almost no child support from the children's mother. 

He was understandably heartbroken at the accusations of his daughter. But, due to the diligence and steadfastness of Bill's lawyer, the true facts have come to light. It has been discovered that Bill's daughter lied about all of the charges and that her father had not committed any of the crimes that she was accusing him of. 

This legal matter has gone on for a year. It could have been resolved much, much sooner if the district attorney, the state police or Children and Youth Services had simply checked the daughter's school attendance records in order to ascertain her credibility. This would have saved Bill and his fiancee much money, grief and heartbreak and also would have saved the taxpayers of Potter County a good bit of money.

Bill and his fiancee would like to sincerely thank the members of his family, the friends and members of the communities around that supported, helped and donated to us and especially for all of the prayers and the faith and conviction that Bill was INNOCENT. 

We have come through a very tough experience which has made us stronger-both separately and together.

We would also like to thank our lawyer-you know who you are !-for faith, understanding and diligence. If you should ever find yourself in need of excellent legal counsel please contact us and we will give you his name. 

Should anyone feel moved to help us in any way-or to congratulate Bill- we would be VERY grateful. You may contact us at the email address: handletheze@inbox.com .

Gayla Yentzer

34 comments :

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is good news for a change. I am sorry your were unjustly accused by your daughter. It must have been heartbreaking. Thankfully, you had a persistent lawyer. so many times, we hear when someone is accused, but we do not hear the outcome. We believe the worst when we should not convict a person just because they were accused. At lot of bad happens in this country, it is sad the good news is never reported.

Anonymous said...

he was railroaded, the the train drivers will never get punished

Anonymous said...

I don't remember reading this but god bless you bill.. and I agree with the one statement we don't hear the outcome just the accused stuff.. but glad to hear the outcome of this one... gld bless

Anonymous said...

SUE the traindrivers!

Anonymous said...

SUE the traindriver & their partners, so someone else hopefully wont have to go through what you had to.

Anonymous said...

What a nightmare ! It's a good thing the attorney was able to "prove his innocence". Wow ! I'm left wondering why a child would put her own father through this horrible experience ? What involvement did the mother have, if any ? Are there any repercussions at all to the accuser ? I'm glad you wrote this story. I remember reading about this, and there were plenty of hateful, hurtful comments. I would hope these same people are as quick to apologize....since it would be anonymous, and nobody would know they might have made a mistake, judging someone when they had no clue what they were talking about. Wishing you better days ahead Mr. Fourness. May you and your family find peace after everything you have been through.

Anonymous said...

YOUR NEIGHBORS NEVER BELIEVED YOU WERE GUILTY.

HOPE YOU CAN PUT THIS BEHIND YOU KNOWING THAT MOST DID NOT EVER BELIEVE THE CHARGES.

A Male said...

Goes to show you that not all women, girls tell the truth. Just because a woman or girl tells the law that she has been wronged, doesn't make it automatically so.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry that this gentleman had to go through such an awful experience at the hands of his own daughter! Shame on her! This gentleman's life was ruined in a short time with false accusations, but it will take years to revive his good name. How about if we all get together and "adopt" this man for Christmas! PLEASE can we all band together and give him some hope after the hell he has been through! Any takers??

Anonymous said...

You got lucky..

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thank you all who help out so far with donations and help paying our bills. All the wonderful comments, support & love through this big huge nightmare. It most certainly helped restore my faith in people and surrounding communities. We may have hopes of a decent christmas yet.

A BIG THANK YOU!!!

WILLIAM A FOURNESS SR

Anonymous said...

How does one stay sane and not blow themselves away during this pain?

Anonymous said...

well alot of times here in coudersport when one person does something wrong you people point your fingers gossip throw your little heads in the air before u even know the facts and then yous want to say you are all so christion this was just a rebelious child act im glad to see the out come was good for you bill but i als o wanna say when a young person up here gets in trouble you people never let them forget about it only jesus was perfect people here are judgemental and gossibie

Anonymous said...

I do not know Bill but I do know Gayla and have for many years-and I also know that she would give the shirt off her back to help someone out. If I had the extra I would certainly help them-maybe even purchase a tire for their truck !
I wonder what consequences, if any, will be given to the daughter ? Sounds like she not only cost her dad but also the county a lot of money. I also wonder about any other males in her life (boyfriend maybe?). If she could accuse her father of this crime she could point the finger at ANYONE.

Anonymous said...

I have watch the same story unfold with others. They say when dealing with children the approach is different to protect the child, and that is understandable. This often forces the accused to have to move out of their home, have no contact etc. and suffer the humiliation until proven innocent.

Anonymous said...

For being so hard up how does he access the internet... Good he was proven innocent but it doesn't boast well for any one's character by posting on here and wanting money. A good lawyer would have filed for defamation of character. Also, any legal fees accrued during the trial.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you 10:04.00...He has no water and a unfinished camp,but probably has tv,cellphones and computer with internet.If hes that bad off why doesn't he get rid of these first before asking for help?

Anonymous said...

10:59 Maybe you should have read the article more carefully before spewing .

Anonymous said...

10:59 You kind of missed The point! Local law enforcement in Potter County has been known to be a little free with the pen when they send out news reports. The sad thing about it, what the area calls the news media is pathetic when it comes to vetting this kind of information. YOU GOT LUCKEY! The local DA is less concerned about justice being served and more concerned about generating revenue for the county. I am so sorry that this man had to go through this.I am Glad you did not have a lawyer who took a plea deal so the system would not have to address the real issues.

Anonymous said...

to 10:04 and 10:59 im posting this comment from someone elses computer so what makes you think she has a computer ? and 10:59 , "PROBABLY" ? so you don't know if she has a cell ,tv and internet but your gonna post your ignorance on here . why don't you stfu !

Anonymous said...

How arrogant 10:04 and 10:59 first of all maybe he is using a neighbors,friends,family members or even a library computer that's right it can done and the same with a phone matter of fact he may even have one of them free phones being he is disabled but i guess people like you that have no heart and nothing else better to do other then hind behind a computer run your mouth all i can think of is your life must be so messed up it really must make you feel good to try and drag people down to your level

Gayla said...

We DO NOT have cell phones or television. Our landline phone will more than likely be shut off TOMORROW. If not for a church donation our electricity would have been shut off already. We heat with wood. If not for some help from my brother and cousin we would have very little to eat. Our truck is on its' last legs with bald tires-and having to make so many trips for legal matters down to Potter County contributed greatly to that. I cannot even go out and look for a job due to no money for gas. We are not looking for handouts. We just wanted people to understand just what kind of toll something like this can take on you. As for the accuser-more than likely not a thing will happen due to her being a minor. As for the naysayers: I notice that you hide behind the "Anonymous" pretty well.

Anonymous said...

Whats the matter with you people. What would it hurt you to give even if it is only 5 dollars. It would all add up to help. You are to give believing and God will do the rest. This is Christmas have a heart.

Anonymous said...

Beware of opening up your wallets ....look into his background. He has been behind bars before.

Anonymous said...

Since Gayla has felt the need to make this public again, let's make things clear, this is NOT Walter " Bill" Fourness, this is about Betty Nelsons son, who has been arrested, convicted, and put behind bars for numerous crimes. The case was dismissed on a technicality. Before you give him another hand out, perhaps people should look into it a little further. But congratulations Bill, you have got away with it again.

Anonymous said...

I hear the last name and think back in time! Some say these things run in the family!

JOSIE said...

Bill was an alcoholic and had DUIs-That is why he was behind bars-check prior arrests and you will see the truth. NOT because of a child molestation charge. Get your lies straight before you post them please. How do you know why the case was dismissed ? Obviously the district attorney did not feel that there was enough evidence to prosecute Bill. Rememeber while you were busy poking your nose into someone else's business your closet door came open and all of your skeletons fell out ! Bill no longer drinks OR uses drugs and has not for quite some time. As a couple of others before me pointed out it is very easy to hide behind the "Anonymous" isn't it ?Perhaps you don't want to use your name because you would not want to be named in a slander/libel suit ? Stranger things have happened !

Anonymous said...

Bad things do happen to good people. If nothing has happened in your family thank God but it seems that every family good or bad sooner or later bad finds you. It's how you choose to come through it that matters.

Anonymous said...

To those who have sent their well wishes to this family, thank you! To those who don't I am sorry, whatever convictions that may have been in the past, are the past! People change! I know this situation, as I am Gayla's cousin, and I can tell you it has taken a toll on them. Not only financially but emotionally as well!! To those who make remarks about T.V., cell phones, ect. I can tell you this family does not have these. They also do not have running water, they lug there water. They are proud people and have tried to take care of their own needs, but legal situation this past year has put them in a hole. Bill's charges have been dropped, he is innocent, and has since day one proclaimed his innocence so lets not Judge lest we want to be judged upon.
Tammy

Anonymous said...

call the poor junk in coudy he my have some tires that would got you on the road 814 558 9773 give me size of tires

Anonymous said...

You know it is pretty SAD that you get to WALK away again.. You have hurt so many people with the things you have done. There is so many others out there that you have done wrong. they wouldn't speak out but the one that did, did right because it is know known what a real person you are. You may have a lot of people fooled but the ones that really know you ain't. You can walk around and play the innocent one but the truth will come out.. when that does happen I myself will be sitting here laughing my ASS off and I know a couple other people that will be to. You say you are so far in debt but who really knows the truth? You have been saying it MY whole life that you ain't ever got money and that's why you COULDN'T pay child support.. No matter how much child support you got to pay on your daughter that you have disowned because of all this,she deserves every penny she is getting for all the pain and suffering you have done to her.. Better yet you owe a lot of people for the pain and suffering you caused them!!!!!! Better yet how bout YOU WILLIAM A. FOURNESS SR. step up and be a father to all your kids not just 3 of them.. Now figure out who this is!!!! And as for Gayla you need to back up because you only know what HE wants you to know.....

Anonymous said...

Just to play devil's advocate for a moment (by someone who has no connection to either of the parties involved), let's just think about this: Perhaps if this lawyer who you make sound like the second coming of Christ had checked into school records in the beginning, you know, like maybe back before he happily took thousands of dollars in legal fees this so-called innocent man wouldn't be out so much money (I'm wondering if maybe HE thought his client was guilty too). Just keep in mind this is only one side of the story and, if you weren't there "holding the flashlight" so to speak, I don't care who you are, you don't know the WHOLE story.

Anonymous said...

Upon reading the letter sent by Ms. Gayla Yentzer, as well as the ensuing comments, I cannot help but laugh.
Do any of us truly READ, what we are reading anymore? Do any of us actually do any research, before we open our wallets, and loosen our purse strings?
Lets really take a good look at what has been detailed here.

This says charges charges were dismissed. Not that Mr. Fourness was charged, tried, and found not guilty. It says merely that the charges were dismissed.

“In many cases, the District Attorney will drop a rape charge if they think they cannot prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.” (FreeAdvice.com- Arrest Based on Rape Accusation)

Anonymous said...

“In many cases, the District Attorney will drop a rape charge if they think they cannot prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.” (FreeAdvice.com- Arrest Based on Rape Accusation)

“Mr. Fourness is a poor man and lives on his disability check in an unfinished camp shell with no running water. Half of this disability check goes to pay child support on the accusing daughter-in fact he is ordered to pay more child support than Social Security is willing to take out of his check so he is in always in arrears. Under the New York state poverty guidelines Bill should only be paying about $25 a month in child support but he is unable to afford a lawyer to contest the support order-yet another example of the unjustness of the law.” 

Is Mr. Fourness, or Gayla Yentzer seriously suggesting that the State of New York is acting beyond the scope of legality? Perhaps Ms. Yentzer is suggesting that Mr. Fourness is being treated in a manner which is more “unfair” than his peers. I suspect, that the State of New York has something of a pretty accurate calculation of Mr. Fourness' current earnings, and deducts accordingly, as is permitted. By Law. To suggest otherwise, is a rather strong accusation.