The other thread about the National Sex Offender Map got me thinking about some other related topics, but one in particular: What should happen to the accuser who later recants or is proven in court to have lied? I have seen several cases where for instance a high school girl makes accusations against a male teacher, then later says she did it because she was mad at him, or had a crush and was jealous of his wife, or some such thing. Legally, he is cleared, but what does that do to his career? What about his marriage that broke up before the truth was uncovered? Or the embarrassment his family endures? Is it enough for the accuser, the prosecuter, the courts, to just say "oopsie, my bad. won't do it again."??? My opinion is that the accuser, if found to have lied, should get the maximum sentence the accused WOULD have gotten if convicted. There is really no good way to approach arresting offenders - you have to take accusations seriously, but it always ends up being guilty until proven innocent, which also is not good.