JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A woman who falsely reported a rape in Pearl was arrested late Thursday and may face criminal charges. Pearl police tell WLBT News they have been besieged by calls and e-mails from concerned citizens about allegations of a rape in that city.
A Rankin County woman claimed to have been assaulted Wednesday behind the Pearl Wal-Mart store on Highway 80. Detectives were quickly assigned to the case. Yet the would be victims stories changed repeatedly throughout the investigation. Lt. Butch Townsend in the Crimainal Investigation Division of the Pearl Police
Department said, "After a pretty intense investigation, it was revealed that the allegations of rape were falsely filed.
The woman could face felony charges. "She can indeed and we are contemplating those charges at this time,." according to Townsend.
[FRS COMMENT] - It will be interesting to find out what those felony charges are, as most are a misdemeanor charge of Filing a False report.
The investigators said the unidentified woman could not give any description of the suspect and there was no physical evidence to support her claims. She made an intial court appearance Thursday and was booked on a $10,000 bond. Authorities have no idea why the woman filed a false rape report.