Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Yarloop rape claim was false: police

Only a day after a 15-year-old girl was found to have "cried wolf" over a false rape claim, Bunbury detectives have charged a 65-year-old woman with falsifying a sexual assult complaint.

The Yarloop woman had told detectives late last month that a man had entered her bedroom in the early hours of the morning and threatened and then sexually assaulted her.
Police had originally said she was "very distressed" and "shaken up" by the ordeal.

Detective Senior Sergeant Jon Munday today said that investigators had established the incident the woman had complained about was false and the public could put its mind to rest.

"Members of the public are safe and should not be concerned about a sex offender loose in the Yarloop community," Detective Senior Sergeant Munday said.

The woman has been charged with creating a false belief after reporting a sexual assult on herself on September 24.

She will appear in the Harvey Magistrate's Court on November 21.

Yesterday police revealed that they were investigating the circumstance of a false complaint of rape in Mount Claremont by a 15-year-old girl.

The girl had originally complained that she was jogging along Stephenson Avenue, near Challenge Stadium, when she was pulled into bushes and raped.