Lawrence prosecutor hopes publicity surrounding third rape case being dropped, doesn't deter victims

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(AP)--- Prosecutors in Lawrence dropped false reporting charges against two more women who reported being sexually assaulted.

The Kansas City Star reports Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson says he hopes publicity surrounding a third case he dropped in October would not deter victims from coming forward.

In that case, he suspected a woman fabricated a accusation out of vengeance and regret.

University of Kansas Law Professor Suzanne Valdez says she does not believe police and prosecutors in Lawrence are protecting the victims of sexual assault.