Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Local woman accused of filing false rape report

To cover up her affair, she cries rape. Once again we see a false claim used to cover up for bad behavior.

Police: Suspect was trying to cover affair
Murphy – A Cherokee County woman has been charged with making a false report to a law enforcement agency after claiming she was kidnapped and raped.

The Murphy Police Department was contacted about 3:30 a.m. Feb. 8 by Marissa Ann Lovingood, 34, who reported that she was kidnapped at the intersection of Andrews and Pleasant Valley roads near the Hampton Inn between 11:30 p.m. and midnight Feb. 7, Murphy Police Chief Justin Jacobs said.

Lovingood told police two masked gunmen wearing black clothing got into her vehicle while it was stopped, held a gun to the back of her head and told her not to scream, Jacobs said. The gunmen then made her drive to a location near a business and raped her, but Lovingood told police she never saw their faces.
“After questioning Mrs. Lovingood multiple times, her story kept changing,” Jacobs said.

“At one time she advised that she never stopped for the stop sign at the listed intersection and that two teenage males came running up beside her vehicle and got in. One of the teenage males then held a silver handgun to the back of her head and drove to a location near Heritage Propane. Multiple law enforcement officers from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Victim’s Advocate and Murphy Police Department tried to locate the males as well as the location of the rape but were unable to.”

Jacobs said during the investigation and after speaking with several family members, Lovingood said she made up the story to keep her husband from learning about an affair she was having with a man from Graham County and explain why she was late getting home.

Lovingood went to the Murphy Police Department on Feb. 9 and gave a voluntary statement regarding her false report. She was arrested and released under a $2,000 secured bond.

“Given the unfortunate circumstances regarding the abduction of Kristi Cornwell last year, we take incidents like this very seriously and without delay,” Jacobs said. “Due to her false report, many manpower hours were lost investigating an incident that the [woman] knew was untrue.”