EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Community News Network

October 14, 2013

Woman faked Facebook timestamps to exonerate boyfriend, prosecutor says

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A Michigan woman is accused of faking timestamps on Facebook posts in an attempt to exonerate a boyfriend who was on trial for abusing her teenage son.

Christine Paige Borrowdale, 39, was charged last week with perjury and tampering with evidence in connection with the June trial of Andre Anthony LeBlanc, 39, her boyfriend. She testified she had printouts that showed her son, 16, was engaged in a Facebook conversation at the time LeBlanc was accused of abusing him.

"Basically, people didn’t believe her," said Grand Traverse County Assistant Prosecutor Noelle Moeggenberg said of Borrowdale. "She was confronted later with the fact the dates were changed on the computer. When we went back and looked at computer, we found she changed the time setting. That evidence was brought into the trial."

The case began in March when LeBlanc was charged with fourth-degree child abuse and malicious destruction of property. The victim was kicked out of Borrowdale's home and returned to pick up some belonging when LeBlanc pinned him to the ground during a confrontation.

Court documents state Borrowdale made a printout on June 11 that was used by the defense to call her son's testimony into question. A forensic examination showed the computer's time zone was switched on the same day, causing the timestamps for Facebook messages to be altered.

"This case was more egregious than most because the mom sided with her boyfriend rather than her son," Moeggenberg said. "The courtroom is where we speak the truth. We want to show how important it is."

LeBlanc was found guilty in the abuse case and sentenced to five days in the county jail.

Details for this story were reported by The Record-Eagle in Traverse City, Mich.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
Community News Network

NDN Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Photos of the Week