Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Woman charged with making false fondling claim

Once again, modern technology has saved a man from the nuclear option of a false accusation. Not only should this woman serve time for the false accusation, she should also have her license suspended for getting her 9th ticket.

False fondling claim over speeding ticket.

A woman with a history of speeding tickets allegedly told a Skokie police officer that if he issued her another one, she would claim the officer fondled her, authorities said.

The officer stopped Neeneev S. Youkhana, 22, for speeding Friday, police said. They said Youkhana, of the 8000 block of Tripp Avenue in Skokie, had been issued speeding tickets in the past, and she was upset that she was getting another one.

Youkhana told the officer that she had recently paid eight speeding tickets and if he ticketed her, she would tell authorities he fondled her, police said.

The officer issued Youkhana the speeding ticket and a warning for driving without a seat belt, then let her go. Later that day, Youkhana went to the Skokie Police Department and reported she had been fondled during a pat down search after a traffic stop.

Police called in the officer who stopped Youkhana and reviewed video from a dashboard camera in his squad car. They said the video showed the entire 10-minute traffic stop and at no time did the officer touch Youkhana.

When confronted with the video, Youkhana began to cry and started punching herself in the face and head, police said. Youkhana retracted her statement and was taken to the hospital after she complained that she was physically ill, police said.

"Here's an example where we really see the value of a video camera in a squad car. The officer did not touch her at all," said Sgt. Fred Brehmer. "It exonerated the officer and protected the village against a false lawsuit."

Youkhana was charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report and is scheduled for a Tuesday preliminary hearing at the Skokie courthouse.