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Woman charged with making false sexual assault allegation

Back on May 9, we brought readers the story of the Michigan woman who authorities say filed a false claim that she had been sexually assaulted. The woman had previously claimed that a man had raped her in another state, leading to that man's incarceration for nearly 10 years before his conviction was overturned at a new trial last year. The woman now will go to trial on charges of evidence tampering and filing a false police report of a sex crime.

To recap, the woman told police in September that she had been bound and raped by two men who broke into her home while she was napping eight days earlier. However, the evidence did not reflect the woman's claims.

For example, when the woman went to a doctor for an examination her face appeared to be covered in cuts and bruises. But the injuries disappeared when he wiped them with gauze. After the examination, the doctor discovered a makeup compact that had been thrown away.

Prosecutors later pursued criminal charges against the woman. After examining the evidence at a hearing on June 18, a judge ruled that there was sufficient evidence for trial to proceed. Readers should remember that this is not the same as a guilty verdict; it simply means that the case will not be dismissed before trial.

The woman previously made false accusations against a man who served nearly 10 years in prison and falsely claimed to have cancer. Without knowing anything about her psychological state, one wonders if she might have a mental disorder that could be an issue at trial.

Source: News Talk Florida, "Woman Ordered To Court On False Rape Report," June 20, 2013

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