Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ore. woman pleads no contest to false rape report

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland woman who said she was raped while hiking has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of filing a false report.

The Oregonian newspaper ( reports that a judge Monday sentenced 43-year-old Angela Gilbert to two years of probation, 80 hours of community service and mental-health and drug treatment. She must also pay $1,000 to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Prosecutor Don Rees says he does not know why Gilbert made up the story, but it prompted fears of a rapist in the Gorge and triggered a search and criminal investigation that cost thousands of dollars.

This wasn't the first time Gilbert lied to authorities. The prosecutor said the woman falsely claimed she had been robbed while shopping.

She was not charged in that case.