Crime

Official Confesses To Sending Death Threats To Herself, Casts Doubt On Assault Allegations She Made 18 Years Ago

| by Nicholas Roberts
Roger Steiner Now Lives In a Fresno Motor Home.Roger Steiner Now Lives In a Fresno Motor Home.

Karen Mathews Davis, a former official in Stanislaus County, California, and local congressional candidate, confessed to sending death threats to herself during her failed congressional run in 2014, CBS 13 reports. The confessions she made in late October have shattered her credibility, and have officials wondering if she lied about an alleged sexual assault that took place about 20 years ago.

Mathews Davis was released on bond on Oct. 29. She admitted she mailed death threats to herself, and subsequently lied to the FBI about it following the failed congressional campaign.

Roger Steiner came forward on another matter, to say that Mathews Davis falsely accused him of a brutal ambush and assault that Mathews Davis alleged took place in 1994.

Steiner was one of nine people convicted of involvement with an extremist anti-tax protest conspiracy in 1997, but jurors only found him guilty of the attack in Mathews Davis' garage, according to the Modesto Bee. Mathews Davis referenced the incident in her 2014 book, “The Terrorist In My Garage.”

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“You can’t be in two places at one time and I was in Baker City, Oregon,” Steiner said.

“I could not tell you how to get into or out of Modesto, California, if my life depended on it. And I certainly wouldn’t do it for a tax group. If you owe taxes, pay ’em.”

Daniel Harralson, Steiner's then-attorney, said the facts that Mathews Davis had testified to almost 20 years ago did not match the physical evidence.

Mathews Davis confessed to lying about the death threats after failing a polygraph test. The Modesto Bee reports that she alternatively attempted to pin the threats on Steiner, her neighbor's nephew, her grandson and a member of her church, according to the affidavit filed by U.S. Treasury agent John Hartman.

Steiner says Mathews Davis ultimately destroyed his life, but says that the experience helped him grow and he now believes that he is finally seeing justice.

“Karen Mathews made it possible for me to have an investigation to get to the bottom of this,” he said. “Karen Mathews gave me the Treasury Department and FBI investigators, who opened the door to what I couldn’t accomplish. The Good Book says the Lord works in mysterious ways, and boy, do I believe it.”

Sources: CBS 13, The Modesto Bee / Photo credit: John Westberg/The Modesto Bee