Sunday, March 27, 2011

Another false sexual assault claim at college

The March 22 student newspaper of Texas A&M-Commerce reported:

"A sexual assault on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus earlier this month has local law enforcement raising safety awareness.

"The incident, which occurred on March 1 around 10:30 p.m. at the West Halls, resulted in a campus-wide e-mail from the University Police Department encouraging students to take precautions when traveling through campus at night."

The story went on about how scary the attack was, and so on and so forth.

Well, it turns out it was just another false college rape claim. The same student newspaper reported:

"The Texas A&M University-Commerce University Police Department has released a statement concerning the recently reported sexual assualt on campus.

"'After a comprehensive and thorough investigation into the sexual assault reported on March 8, the University Police Department has determined that the report was false and the described assault did not occur,' the statement read. 'While all reports are taken seriously, the university community is urged to remember that false reports carry a penalty under Texas State Law.'"

"The false report, which stated that a sexual assault incident occurred on March 1st at the West Halls, wasn't filed until a week later. UPD continues to urge A&M-Commerce students to remain cautious.

"'Just because we don't have a serial rapist floating around on campus, you shouldn't just drop your guard,' UPD Crime Information Officer Jason Bone said. 'You should use those safety precautions all the time, regardless of the situation.'"