Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Inmate allegedly made up assault

A Barre woman serving a sentence for arson has been charged with falsely accusing other inmates of sexually assaulting her.

Vermont State Police say Belinda Brunell, 35, reported that she was sexually assaulted by two female inmates at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility in South Burlington. She was examined by a medical worker at the prison and then taken to the emergency room at Fletcher Allen Health Care for further examination.

The state police interviewed Brunell, then interviewed the inmates she accused. Police say that when they returned to Brunell she admitted there was no sexual assault or sexual contact.

Brunell was cited to appear in Chittenden County criminal court Aug. 14 to answer the charge of making a false report to a law enforcement officer.