Read the story below and ask yourself, what sort of middle-aged woman has unprotected sex with a 16-year-old boy, then decides that the best way to get a morning-after pill is to scratch herself, cry rape, tell the boy not to report her or he'll go to jail, and then tells police that an imaginary Hispanic man raped her?
A community is panicked and Hispanic men are put at risk of wrongful arrest -- all because a foolish woman had sex with a boy and wanted to make sure she didn't have his child. Sometimes foolishness is so egregious it needs to be punished.
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Deputies: Woman lied about rape after sex with teen
By Austin L. MillerStar-Banner
Published: Friday, November 14, 2008 at 3:58 p.m. Last Modified: Friday, November 14, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.
OCALA – An Ocala woman who claimed she was raped on Aug. 6 while walking along Southwest 32nd Court is being held in Pennsylvania on charges of making up the story.
Marion County sheriff's officials say Sandra Lawrence, now 41, dreamed up the bogus rape because she'd had unprotected sex that day with a 16-year-old boy and wanted a morning-after pill.
The alleged false report - in which a Hispanic man susposedly dragged her into the woods raped her - prompted a manhunt and an all-out law enforcement effort, including a suspect sketch and the distribution of fliers.
On Nov. 3, Lawrence went to the Muhlenberg Township Police Department in Temple, Pa., and told police there that she had done "a terrible thing" in Florida by falsely reporting a rape to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, according to a Sheriff's Office report.
In a handwritten statement given to Pennsylvania authorities, Lawrence alleged the boy had raped her. To protect the boy, who she said is a family friend, and because wanted to get her hands on the morning-after pill, she told deputies that a Hispanic man had sexually assaulted her.
Lawrence, who recently moved to Pennsylvania and is in custody there, told Detective Owen Confessore in a Nov. 4 telephone interview that she had made up the rape.
The false report, she stold him, was to protect her family and so that she could obtain the pill to prevent pregnancy.
Also on Nov. 4, the boy's mother contacted a sheriff's detective to say that her son had had sex with Lawrence and that she had made a false report. The woman also said that she had let Lawrence know she was going to report her.
The teen, interviewed on Nov. 11, told Confessore that he and Lawrence had unprotected sex on Aug. 6. Afterward, he said, the woman told him she would fix it.
The boy said Lawrence thought that if she made the false report she would get the pill. Lawrence also reportedly told the boy not to tell or he would go to jail.
The boy said Lawrence scratched herself to fake injuries from the alleged rape.
He said Lawrence and he had another sexual encounter about a week later, after she had plied him alcohol.
Lawrence was being held on charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor; tampering with or fabricating physical evidence; tampering with a victim, witness or informant; false report to law enforcement officials; and giving alcohol to person under 21.