Friday, October 28, 2011

Teen recants Mtn. View sexual assault story

Mountain View police said that a 16-year-old girl who told officers she had been sexually assaulted in Whisman Park in late September has recanted her story.

On Oct. 14, police spokeswoman Liz Wylie issued a press release reporting that the girl had been groped by two men in a bathroom in Whisman Park sometime between 6 and 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26, 27 or 28.

Wylie said on Oct. 21 that the girl had "confirmed to us that no assault of any kind occurred."

"Due to her status as a juvenile, I will not be releasing any more information what-so-ever as to how we know it didn't happen, what she said to us, etc.," Wylie wrote in a press release, sent out at about 3:30 p.m. "In the same way that people sometimes legitimately delay reporting very real crimes for various personal reasons, sometimes people report crimes that did not at all happen for various personal reasons."

Wylie added, "The important thing is that there (are) not two men out there attacking women."