As shown by the various news accounts below, a young woman kept an entire town in a state of panic for a year, fearful of some phantom male rapist. She even inflicted scratches on her body and claimed they were done by the supposed rapist.
The most chilling aspect: See the TV news report that aired when the alleged "rape" occurred (at the end of this post): Police released a "description" of the woman's purported rapist:
*White male, dark complected;
*Long dark hair on head/arms
*Short to medium build
*Blue jeans/dirty tan work gloves
And what if police had arrested some hapless male who just happened to fit the description the false claimant concocted? And what if that man had gone to jail for decades because of her lie?
I see no concern about that possibility expressed in these stories. Yet that sort of thing has happened many times. Innocent men are collateral damage in the war on rape.
But, hey, she'll get slapped with a misdemeanor charge that, of course, will not deter anyone from engaging in such misconduct.
Sick. Absolutely sick.
HERE ARE THE VARIOUS NEWS ACCOUNTS
False Rape Allegation, Charges Filed
Friday, Jul 18, 2008 @06:40pm CST
For a year now, people in one Springfield neighborhood have been staying indoors as a precaution and on Friday they learned it was all for nothing.
One year ago, a neighbor in the north Springfield community reported she was attacked, raped and bound by a man that jumped out of the woods behind her house. The Greene County Sheriff's Department, Springfield Police Department, canine unit and the Missouri Highway Patrol helicopter spent two hours looking for the suspect, but never found anyone.
On Friday, 28-year-old Karla Forest was charged with making it all up. Investigators found not only did her story have a few holes in it, but forensic evidence showed scrapings on her body were created by her own finger nails.
"It's such a disappointment. We put in several hours on these cases because it's very important to the community that if there's a rape suspect out there that we get them in custody. It's very disappointing when we get a case like this where we've pursued it very hard and come up with a false allegation." says Greene County Chief Deputy Jim Arnott.
Forest faces a misdemeanor charge of making a false report. The Greene County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement entities are asking that Forest reimburse them for expenses.
ANOTHER ACCOUNT OF THE SAME INCIDENT:
Woman is accused of making up rape story last July
by Marie Saavedra, KY3 News
SPRINGFIELD -- A woman who said she was raped and then bound up in a shed at her home just north of the city last July is charged with making up the story. A detective says he found “several inconsistencies” in Karla Forest’s story, which led to an hours-long search in the air and on the ground for an attacker.
Forest called 911 on July 6, 2007, and said a man had attacked her at her home at 1260 E. Farm Road 80, near Greenlawn Cemetery. The Greene County Sheriff’s Department called in the Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter, used tracking dogs and combed the area looking for the man whom Forest described.
Detective Frank Duren’s probable cause statement, filed with the misdemeanor charge of making a false report, says the crime scene and Forest’s injuries don’t match her story. Testing of DNA and hairs also convinced investigators that Forest was lying.
If convicted, Forest could face up to six months in a county jail and/or a fine up to $500.
Prosecutors charged her on July 3 but the sheriff's department didn't tell reporters about it until Friday at a news conference.
At the news conference, Chief Deputy Jim Arnott said the investigation cost thousands of dollars.
"We did send forensic evidence to the lab, we got that evidence back, the evidence pointed us to the fact that we do not believe this rape had taken place,” said Arnott.
Deputies say the 28-year-old woman faked her way through an intricate crime.
"There were some key indicators at the beginning of the investigation that led to suspicion,” said Arnott.
The probable cause statement shows deputies’ notes on what they call Forest's inconsistent story, such as she claimed to be thrown onto rocky ground but wasn't injured; her feet and hands were duct-taped but deputies believed she'd done it herself; the scene of the alleged rape was undisturbed, and the finger nails that pierced her skin were likely her own.
"It's very important to the community that, if there's a rape suspect out there, that we get them into custody and it's very disappointing when you get a case like this,” the chief deputy said.
That’s why the prosecutor will seek thousands of dollars from Forest, to pay back the sheriff’s department, Springfield Police Department and Highway Patrol for work done in the investigation. Deputies say her neighborhood's sense of safety and the disrespect to true rape victims cannot be repaid.
Here is the Statement of Probable Cause: http://media.ky3.com/documents/karla+forest+pc.pdf
Here is the local TV station's report when the purported rape supposedly first occurred: http://transcoder.shadowtv.com/stations/flvviewer.jsp?url=http://depository.shadowtv.net/media/137/2008/200/17/11982_137_20080718_174658_2007%20rape%20report.flv