DRAMATIC STORY OF A TEXAS GIRL AT THE CENTER OF A BITTER CUSTODY BATTLE
Girl Now Says She Lied Under Oath About Being Molested By Cousins On Her Father's Side In Order To Protect Her Mother - So Why Is One Cousin Still Behind Bars?
On "20/20," Airing Friday, January 6
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For much of Stephanie Arena's young life, she has been at the center of a ruthless custody battle and of what some call a plot to imprison two teenage boys - her older cousins and companions from her father's family - for a crime that Stephanie now says never happened. Stephanie's role in the plot, she now says: when she was seven, obey her mother and make believe she was sexually molested by her cousins so that her mother would stay out of jail for violating a court custody order. For the first time, Stephanie, now 16, talks candidly about her initial accusations of sexual assault that put the boys in jail and her claims that her now estranged mother coached her to lie.
Stephanie tells ABC News Correspondent Jim Avila that it is nearly impossible to resume a normal life with family and friends because she is haunted by her cousins sitting in prison. "I am responsible for putting them in prison, and now that I am older and I can understand the consequences of my actions, I need to step up and do what I have to make things right," she tells Avila. She says she has been trying to right the wrong since she was 11, writing letters of apology to her cousins with the truth and even testifying in court that she was never sexually molested. So why won't the Texas courts overturn the conviction and clear the boys? One is still behind bars and the other is on parole. Avila's exclusive report airs on "20/20," FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
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"20/20" is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is the executive producer.