Monday, February 18, 2013

Woman falsely accused Cleveland cops of sexual assault, police say

A Cleveland woman who police say falsely accused two Cleveland police officers of sexual assault appeared in a Cuyahoga County courtroom on Friday for a probation violation hearing.

During an open container citation on March 7, 23-year-old Danielle Eggleton was arrested on a warrant by two Third District police officers for assault on a police officer, attempted harassment of an inmate and resisting arrest.

After officers transported her to the Cuyahoga County Jail, Eggleton said she was sexually assaulted by her arresting officers, according to the police report.

Officers transported the suspect to MetroHealth Medical Center, where she denied treatment or a rape kit, and became combative with staff and anyone who came near her, the police report said.

While at the hospital, Eggleton denied making any allegations of rape or sexual assault. She told police that a corrections officer implied she was assaulted and she "just rolled with it.”

Meanwhile, the two accused police officers were detained for an investigation by internal affairs. Eggleton was arrested for making a false allegation of police misconduct. The case was turned over to Cleveland prosecutors.

One of the accused officers was recently involved in the deadly Cleveland police chase that resulted in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.