Monday, February 4, 2013

Probation given for false rape report

ADRIAN — A 19-year-old Tecumseh woman was sentenced to probation Friday in Lenawee County Circuit Court for making a false report to police of being raped. Kathleen Melissa Furlong was also given an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew during her three-year probation program under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act. Her record will be cleared if she successfully completes the program.

Furlong pleaded guilty to a false report charge on Jan. 2, admitting she told police a man had raped her after her boyfriend found out she had sex with him.

“I was trying to get him in trouble and me out of trouble,” Furlong told the court when she pleaded guilty.

“I hope you have a clear understanding of how atrocious or awful this was,” Judge Margaret M.S. Noe told Furlong.

Furlong spent about three weeks in jail after she was charged in early December. She was released on a personal recognizance bond after pleading guilty. Noe ordered her to pay $1,250 court costs and $495 attorney fees.