Saturday, February 27, 2010

High school girl falsely accuses male classmate of rape

A high school girl falsely accused an acquaintance, a 17-year-old male classmate, of rape, according to a news report.  The following news account of the incident is rare because it identifies the juvenile false accuser but properly does not identify the victim, the falsely accused boy.  This is how all similar cases should be treated by the news media.

New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Detectives Charge Student with False Rape Report

NEW HANOVER - Detectives investigated the report of an alleged rape of a female Ashley High School student Wednesday February 24. The incident allegedly happened in a school bathroom adjacent to the football field at Ashley High School - and involved a male student as the alleged perpetrator.

The student reported the incident to a relative who notified the Sheriff's Office. As Detectives continued to investigate the alleged rape they determined the incident did not occur, as earlier reported.

On Friday, February 26, detectives arrested and charged the student who first reported she was raped by another student on Wednesday. Heather Marie Conklin, 17 of Wilmington, first told Detectives she was raped in a bathroom adjacent to the football fields at Ashley High School. Conklin later admitted the incident was consensual. Detectives have since charged Conklin with filing a false police report - a Class 2 Misdemeanor. Conklin was released from the New Hanover County Detention Facility after posting a $500 secured bond.