Thursday, December 2, 2010

Police: Bethlehem woman charged in false rape claim

A woman who told police she had been raped by two men later admitted she was a prostitute who had been selling herself for money to buy food, and was angry when the men failed to pay her, according to court records.

Police said Desiree Ann Freeman, 22, of 313 E. Frankford St. will be mailed a summons for filing a false police report.

According to court records:

Around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17, police were called for a report of a woman who said she had been raped.

Freeman told police that shortly before 8 p.m. Oct. 16, she was walking in the 800 block of E. Fourth Street when she encountered three men on the sidewalk.

Two of the men attacked her dragged her into a nearby alley and sexually assaulted and raped her, Freeman told police. She said she was unsure what happened to the third man.

Freeman said a relative and friend were nearby and she yelled for them to help her and the men ran away.

On Oct. 19, police interviewed Freeman again about the attack and said her story changed. She told police she had no money for anything to eat so she decided to sell herself for sex.

Freeman told police she agreed to perform a sex act on the men in the alley, but the men forced her to have sex.

Police also interviewed Freeman's friend and relative, who both told investigators it appeared Freeman went with the men voluntarily into the alley.

On Oct. 29, Freeman was again interviewed by police. She said she had been selling herself for about a year to make money to buy food. She admitted she agreed to have sex with the men and was angry when they failed to pay her.

Police said they could not positively identify the men involved.