Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lake Arthur Woman Arrested for False Rape Accusation

A 17 year-old Lake Arthur woman has been arrested after state police say she lied about being raped by a Lake Arthur Police Officer.

On February 24, 2011, the Lake Charles field office of the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations was asked by the Lake Arthur Police Department to investigate a complaint filed by 17-year-old Megan Franks of Lake Arthur, Louisiana. Franks stated an officer with the Lake Arthur Police Department raped her, according to officers.

Physical evidence and the inconsistent statements Franks provided to investigating troopers indicated a rape did not take place, say police. Officers say that during an interview, Franks admitted to making up the rape allegations and injuring herself to be more credible.

The Jefferson Davis Parish District Attorney's Office obtained an arrest warrant for Franks for false swearing for the purpose of violating public health or safety (L.R.S. 14:126.1). Franks was arrested at her residence and booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail. If convicted, she could face up to 5 years in prison and/or up to a $1,000 fine.