Investigators say a 27-year-old woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by a man posing as a police officer earlier this month was lying.
Heather Speicher now faces charges of Attempting to Influence a Public Official, a class-four felony.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office plans to seek restitution for the resources it expended investigating the case.
Speicher told authorities that she was pulled over in her vehicle on the night of Jan. 5 and then assaulted by a man who purported to be a law enforcement officer.
She provided description which led to the release of a composite sketch of the “fictitious suspect,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Speicher was being held at the Larimer County Jail on a $2,500 bond.
The Sheriff’s Office did not offer a motive for why Speicher would have concocted the story.
“Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said it is important to fully investigate any allegation of sexual assault as well as police impersonation; however, false reports of this nature redirect very limited resources that are needed for other important investigations,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Schulz.
“While this report proved to be false, incidents of this nature do occur. Motorists are still reminded to be cautious when stopped by an unmarked or uneasily identified vehicle. They are encouraged to turn their flashers on and drive safely to a well-lit populated area and/or call 911 to verify the identity and location of officers. Motorists are further encouraged to stay in their vehicle until an additional officer in a marked vehicle arrives. Law enforcement vehicles are typically later models with significant emergency light systems.”