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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.

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