Monday, October 24, 2011

Another of our rare posts of a male filing a false report.

No criminal charges will be filed in connection to a sexual assault of a teen male reported July 15 near the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus after authorities determined the incident didn’t happen as reported, the university said today.

A young man told authorities in July he was sexually assaulted just after noon in a light-colored minivan parked on Leon Bond Drive near the Bay Settlement entrance on the outskirts of campus. But because inconsistent and unverifiable testimony from the boy, officers said there is not enough evidence to substantiate his account.

In addition to multiple interviews, UW-Green Bay Police did an online investigation, looked at surveillance videos from the area and reviewed text messages.

UW-Green Bay Police Chief Tom Kujawa said today that the case serves as a cautionary tale about Internet safety and protecting yourself online.

“It is critical for children and parents alike to exercise caution in online chat forums and other forms of electronic communication,” Kujawa said.

“There is, unfortunately, a great deal of potential for people to misrepresent themselves or engage minors or other vulnerable persons in inappropriate and illegal correspondence and relationships.”

Although authorities have not issued charges in this case, Kujawa said campus police continue to encourage victims of sexual assault and other crimes to report those incidents to police.

The boy and his family cooperated with the investigation, Kujawa said. He said the school does not plan to pursue charges against the boy, nor seek to recover investigation-related expenses from his family.