Friday, October 28, 2011

Heidi Jones: the latest high profile false accuser to be spared jail time

A follow-up on this story, and this one.

Ex-weather gal Heidi Jones sentenced to 350 hours community service at not-for-profit for false report

A little sprain in the forecast didn't stop "cry-rape" weather gal Heidi Jones from limping into Manhattan Supreme Court today to be sentenced for snowing authorities last fall.

Jones, 37 -- wearing a tight gold skirt, a frilly matching sleeveless blouse, and a big black boot-cast on her left foot -- will serve 350 hours of community service at a not-for-profit agency.

The former WABC/Channel 7 meteorologist had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of filing a false police report. She'd claimed that a "Hispanic" pervert in his 30s or 40s had grabbed her from behind as she jogged in Central Park last fall.

Detectives embarked on a lengthy investigation, scouring surveillance video and canvassing for witnesses. Returning empty handed, they questioned Jones again, uncovering inconsistencies as she repeated her account.

It was when she was confronted with the discrepancies that Jones admitted to cops that she fabricated the story as a bid for sympathy.

"I have so much stress at work, with my personal life and with my family," Jones, who also filled in on "Good Morning America," explained to cops.

"I just want to take a moment to express my sincere and profound apology to all who were involved," Jones said in a sentencing statement to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers.

"Most importantly, the police department," she added. "I will work extremely hard to pay back the city and the department through community service," she said.

Jones must continue to undergo psychological counseling, the judge said.