Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Woman charged with making false complaint to Sex Crimes Squad

Sex Crimes Squad detectives have charged a woman after she allegedly made a false complaint to police in September last year.

Just after 11am today, police issued a 22-year-old woman with a Future Court Attendance Notice in relation to charges including public mischief and three counts of making a false statement.

The charges relate to extensive investigations conducted by police into an alleged home invasion and sexual assault at a home in Croydon on Saturday 25 September, 2010.

The investigation also related to reports of an assault on a child also inside the home, aged 3-months at the time.

Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec said, “The NSW Police Force takes very seriously all reports of sexual assault and all matters are investigated thoroughly.

“It is however, a waste of police resources and time when false reports are made to police by members of the public.

“Extensive resources and police time were dedicated to investigating this claim.

“While police encourage all victims to report incidents of sexual assault, false reports are a waste of police resources and time and detract from the ability of police to investigate legitimate claims,” Supt Kerlatec said.

Strike Force Shephard comprises detectives from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad and was established to investigate the allegations.