Monday, February 7, 2011

Police: Bennington woman falsely claimed sexual assault

BENNINGTON - State police said Friday they cited a Bennington woman for falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted by an 18-year-old Shaftsbury man.
According to a statement by Detective Trooper Scott Dunlap, Jessica Hickey, 20, reported Monday she'd been sexually assaulted by the male in a wooded area in the town of Bennington. Dunlap said during the course of an investigation, he determined Hickey was lying about being assaulted and that the sexual conduct had been consensual. Dunlap is assigned to the Bennington County Special Victims Unit, which investigates sex crimes.

Hickey is scheduled to appear in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division on Feb. 14 to answer the charge of giving false information to a police officer.