Thursday, May 10, 2012

Naperville woman charged with filing false sex assault report

A 22-year-old Naperville woman faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct for falsely reporting she was sexually assaulted, authorities said Friday.

Sarah C. Eschbach of the 2700 block of Spinner Court turned herself in Thursday night, Aurora police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said. She was being held Friday in DuPage County jail on $15,000 bail, according to court records.

On March 26, Eschbach filed a report with Aurora police, saying she was sexually assaulted by a 21-year-old man at his apartment on Aurora’s far east side.

Investigators determined Eschbach and the man engaged in consensual sexual relations and the man, who is an acquaintance of Eschbach’s, did not sexually assault her, Ferrelli said.

“Sexual assault is a brutal crime and we take these allegations seriously,” Ferrelli said. “We investigate them thoroughly and if the claims are false, charges will be pursued.”

The DuPage County state’s attorney’s office authorized the felony disorderly conduct charge against Eschbach April 24, and a warrant for her arrest was issued May 1.