Thursday, October 24, 2013

Another example of why caution needs to be exercised in assuming guilt in 'he said-she said' college rape claims

CEDAR FALLS | Authorities at the University of Northern Iowa said an alleged sexual assault reported at the ROTH dorm in September never happened.

Officers with UNI’s police department began their investigation after a female student told them she had been attacked by two men in her room around 2:30 a.m. Sept. 15.

On Tuesday, UNI police arrested the woman, Elizabeth Kathryn Richmann, 21, for making a false report to law enforcement. She was later released from jail.

The charge is a misdemeanor.

According to court records, in September Richmann told officers that two men followed her into her room, robbed her and sexually assaulted her. UNI put out a campus-wide alert with a description of the suspects.

Investigators were able to identify the men suspected in the incident, and they told officers there had been consensual sexual activity, court records state. Richmann later gave a statement admitting the sex was consensual, records state.