It turns out that someone did ... and has been to no avail. His name is Ralph Cipriano, a former reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, who has been writing about Erdely's other "victim:"
...Rolling Stone contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely, is from Philadelphia. Before she bought Jackie's story, she fell for a story told by a former altar boy dubbed "Billy Doe" by a grand jury.Editors whom Cipriano contacted weren't interested in the truth about the prosecutorial and judicial misconduct in the case against some priests, he writes, and neither, of course, was Rolling Stone's Erdely.
In Rolling Stone, it seems rape is bigger than rock. On Sept. 15, 2011, Erderly wrote a story for Rolling Stone that accepted as gospel Billy Doe's fantastic claims about being passed around as a rape victim among two priests and a school teacher. [The Catholic Church's Secret Sex-Crime Files ] In Erdely's defense, she, like many other members of the media, made the mistake of relying on an intellectually dishonest grand jury report containing more than 20 factual errors.
Before Rolling Stone Was Conned By 'Jackie' They Fell for 'Billy'. [Bigtrial.net, December 6, 2014]
Thanks to "Billy," Cipriano reports, an innocent priest, Father Charles Engelhardt, 67, convicted "without a shred or evidence or any witness to confirm the alleged victim's improbable allegations"—recently died while handcuffed to a prison hospital bed.