Community shocked by false rape claim
Santa Maria police say a young girl was lying when she reported she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted over the weekend.The girl told investigators the attack happened Saturday evening, near the parking structure of the Santa Maria Library on McClellan Street, right in front of the police department.
This story had people in Santa Maria shocked and scared. Now it investigators are saying it was all a lie.
The young girl told investigators it was here that two men abducted her. Her story was elaborate. She said she was blindfolded and thrown in the back of a car, possibly a newer model black Honda Accord.
The girl then told detectives the men drove her to the area of Boone and Smith streets, and molested her.
At the time, investigators had no reason to believe the girl was lying. They now say they have proof her story wasn't true.
Unfortunately it's not the first time someone has filed a false sexual assault report with the Santa Maria Police Department.
A similar claim was reported to them in January of 2006 when a woman lied and said she had been raped in the mall parking lot.
"We had an allegation of a sexual assault in the mall structure which is across the street and we found out that that was not true," said Lieutenant Dan Ast of the Santa Maria Police Department, referring to the incident in 2006.
When asked whether it could Sunday's case could be untrue, Lieutenant Ast replied, "Anything is possible, but we treat everything as a crime that it actually did occur until we find out otherwise."
The story, which police now say was fabricated, had the whole community on edge.
One Santa Maria resident who didn't want to appear on camera had this to say: "I think it's outrageous that people can hurt other people like that. It doesn't make sense to me."
Investigators say that the community can rest easy knowing that the attack never happened.
Because of the girl's young age, investigators say they don't plan to press charges against her. Investigators now say they consider the case closed.