A 17-year-old Palm Coast female who said she was raped near Linear Park last month has now retracted her story and has been charged with filing a false police report.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said she admitted she made up the story during questioning on Wednesday. She previously told detectives she was riding her bike to a park where she was attacked and raped. She now says her bruises were self-inflicted using an iPod as a tool. She was charged with a misdemeanor for filing the false report.
“This girl obviously needs professional help and we hope that is made available to her. The valid claims of sexual assault are not to be diminished by this teenager’s action. She has also done a disservice to this community as a whole,” said Flagler County Sheriff Donald W. Fleming in a statement.
– Adam Aasen