Monday, August 16, 2010

Woman charged for false assault report

CEDAR FALLS - University of Northern Iowa police have arrested a student who allegedly made a false claim that she was sexually assaulted.

Jennifer Phyllis Mills, 28, of 306 G. St., was taken into custody Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of false report to law enforcement. She was booked at the Black Hawk County Jail at 8 a.m. Bond was set at $1,000, and she was later released.

UNI officers received two reports of assaults on female students July 4 - one at the Gamma Phi Beta house on Merner Street and the other in a wooded area near Jennings Drive.

On Thursday, campus police said they determined the report about the sexual assault in the wooded area was false.

Court records allege Mills told police she was grabbed by a man in a ski mask. She told investigators she was punched in the stomach, dragged off and sexually assaulted.

Police found inconsistencies in her account, and Mills admitted she wasn't assaulted when they were brought to her attention.