GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. -- A Greenwood County woman is facing up to five years in prison after she admitted filing a false police report claiming that she had been raped. Deputies said that at about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Regina Murray Medlock drove to the rear of the sheriff's department and told a deputy that she had been raped. The deputy said Medlock told him that while she was stopped at a red light, a man climbed into her car, held her at gunpoint, and forced her to drive to the area of a train yard. She said she was forced to undress and was raped three times on the ground outside the car. Medlock was taken to Self Regional Healthcare for a rape examination.
On Wednesday, the doctor who examined Medlock told deputies that the exam showed no indication of rape or intercourse. While being interviewed by deputies, Medlock admitted making the story up. She said that she had gone to a residence in the city limits of Greenwood and smoked $50 worth of crack cocaine. Deputies said when Medlock realized how late it was she had to make up a story of where she had been so that her husband would believe her.
Both the Greenwood Police Department and the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office charged Medlock with filing a false police report. In addition to jail time, Medford could be fined up to $1,000 if convicted.
Comment: Several of the usual hallmarks of false rape claims here: The lie was concocted as an alibi to hide what she was up to from her husband. And note the details of the elaborate lie she manufactured.