Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mental health care ordered after false sex assault report

A Naperville woman who falsely claimed she was assaulted in Aurora has a chance to avoid having a felony on her record, after reaching a plea agreement in DuPage County.

Sarah Eschbach, 22, of the 2700 block of Spinner Court, will take part in a two-year alternative sentencing option after she admitted to falsely claiming that she had been the victim of a sexual assault. The sentence was issued Friday.

Paul Darrah, a spokesman for DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin, said the guilty plea was a condition of Eschbach’s acceptance into the Mental Illness Court Alternative Program.

Last March 26, Eschbach told Aurora police that she had been attacked in an apartment on the city’s far East Side by a 21-year-old man living there, with whom she was acquainted. Investigators later concluded the two actually had engaged in consensual sex.

The 24-month Mental Illness Court Alternative Program will entail counseling, therapy or “whatever needs to be done, to help her get through this,” Darrah said.

If Eschbach has complied with all of the program requirements at the end of the two years, the charges will be dropped, he said.