NEWPORT NEWS — Police in Newport News have charged a 17-year-old girl with filing a false rape report, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
The girl has not been identified to the media because she is a juvenile.
Police spokesman Lou Thurston said that on Sept. 16, officers went to a home in the Dresden Drive area after receiving a report of a burglary and rape. The girl told officers she was home alone when an armed man accosted and raped her, then stole a firearm from the residence.
Several units, including a K-9 patrol and the special victims unit, investigated and the girl was taken to a local hospital for treatment. After an investigation that lasted several days, detectives determined that no rape or burglary had occurred. The girl was charged on Wednesday with filing a false police report.
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A 17-year-old girl told police she was raped last Thursday. Come to find out, she made the whole thing up, according to Newport News police spokesman Lou Thurston.
The teen reported she was letting her dog out when she turned around and a guy was standing there, Thurston said. She then proceeded to tell police that the armed man forced her to take off her clothes and raped her, while also stealing a gun from the home.
Several patrol units, including K-9, attempted to track the suspect. Special Victims Unit detectives also responded and began a thorough investigation, while the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
After an investigation that lasted several days, it was determined that neither a rape or burglary every occurred, Thurston said.
The girl has since been charged in connection with the incident and police want to express how important it is that these people get charged. False reports take officers away from real investigations and waste time and money, Thurston said. It's a serious offense.
The teen has been charged with filing a false police report. Her identity is being withheld due to her age.
Filing a false police report is a class one misdemeanor punishable by up to twelve months in jail and a $2,500 fine.