Melissa Handy, aged 38, is charged with intentionally doing an act which tended to pervert the course of justice. Handy, of West Malling Avenue in Ernesettle, faced Plymouth magistrates for an initial two-minute hearing. She did not enter any plea to the allegation of making a false allegation of rape on October 30 last year.
Smartly-dressed Handy only spoke to confirm her personal details.
Magistrates heard that the case was so serious it had to be sent to Crown Court.
Handy was released on unconditional bail to appear at the senior court on August 2.