Wednesday, February 24, 2010

15-year-old charged with filing false report about sexual assault

No reason why, and false reporting is only a misdemeanor. What is surprising is that she has been charged at 15. That is certainly a rarity.

15 year old charged with filing a false report

FORT WALTON BEACH -- A 15-year-old Choctawhatchee High School student who told police she was sexually assaulted walking home from school has been charged with making a false report.

The girl said she stayed after school for tutoring on Dec. 10 and while she was on her way home at about 4:30, a vehicle with two males inside pulled up behind her. One of the males grabbed her around the neck and put her in the car kicking and screaming, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

They then took her to an unknown location and sexually assaulted her, she said.

During the investigation, it was learned that some of the facts were untrue. She had not stayed for tutoring that day and could not be seen on surveillance video leaving the school.

Deputies also couldn't find anyone who had seen the incident, despite there being a full parking lot at the time and there being heavy traffic on Racetrack Road. An examination at the Children's Advocacy Center showed no signs of sexual activity.

On Dec. 11, her mother called the Sheriff's Office to report her daughter had lied.

She was charged because her report raised the possibility that other children might be in danger, extra Sheriff's Office personnel and CAC personnel were deployed to deal with the incident.

The charge of filing a false report is a misdemeanor.