We had a neighbor in Los Altos, a VP of HP, and everyone’s favorite dad. One of the neighbor girls, 6 years old, told her mom that he had touched her inappropriately. They investigated. We all kept our kids away from him. We all concluded you can never know for sure who is a pedophile. He went to jail and was fired from HP.
5 years later, the girl approached her parents, sobbing, saying she made the stories up to get attention, that she didn’t know what she was doing at the time, she had no idea any of that would happen.
He was eventually cleared, but to the best of my knowledge, he was never the same again. None of us were. It changed how I interact with children forever.
Don’t get me wrong, I despise pedophilia and know how many children’s lives have been destroyed by it. I blame it for all of us overreacting in this case and wrecking a good man’s life.