Wednesday, August 5, 2009

College woman lies about being attacked, no charges filed

Two related stories:

STORY NUMBER 1

Southwest Fla. college campus closed after assault

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- A southwest Florida college has been closed after a student was assaulted on campus.

Authorities say the incident happened at Edison State College in Punta Gorda Thursday morning.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office says a female student left class to use the restroom, where she was assaulted by two men with a knife. Investigators say she did not recognize her attackers.

An Edison State College spokeswoman says the woman's injuries are not life-threatening.

Two students went to look for the woman after she didn't return to class. They found her in the bathroom and immediately contacted authorities. The campus was closed and classes canceled for the rest of the day as detectives, search dogs and helicopters patrolled the area for the suspects.

Link: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/AP/story/1154552.html?storylink=mirelated

STORY NUMBER 2

Authorities: Report of assault at college false

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- Authorities determined that a report of an assault at Edison State College last week was false.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office says Thursday's report that a female student left class to use the restroom, where she was assaulted by two men with a knife was fabricated. Authorities say after an investigation she acknowledged this.

Authorities said the woman's injuries were self-inflicted. Authorities say a knife was found in the restroom trash and her fingerprints were found on the paper towel wrapped around it. It was later determined the knife belonged to her husband.

The woman asked for counseling. No charges have been filed against her.

Edison State said student disciplinary guidelines and procedures pertaining to this case are under review.

Link: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/AP/story/1159712.html