Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Police say teenager who reported abduction, rape lied

A 16-year-old girl who reported she was abducted while walking to school, held in a house and raped has admitted she lied, according to police records.

The teenager said in a Jan. 16 interview with police that she lied to cover up the fact she had skipped school to watch movies with a friend.

Chelan County Deputy Prosecutor Edward Stevenson charged her Thursday with false reporting, two counts of making a false statement to a public servant and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

It is the policy of The Wenatchee World not to name juveniles when they are charged, unless they are charged as adults.

In interviews with police in October, the girl told a detailed story involving masked men who pulled her into a van while she was walking to school in the morning. After being raped and held all day, she said she escaped the basement through a window.

"Her report initiated an unnecessary investigation and also caused potential alarm to the public," wrote Wenatchee Police Officer Edgar Reinfeld in a report filed in court.

Link: http://wenatcheeworld.com/article/20090124/NEWS04/701249906/1005/NEWS03