Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Police say 'victim' concocted tale of sexual assault

If you are a clean-shaven white male with short dark hair in your mid-30s, about 5 feet 8 or 9 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, and if you were in the Taylorsville, Utah area in mid-April, you fit the description of an alleged rapist.

A 22-year-old woman claimed that on April 17, she was walking her dog on the Jordan River Parkway when the knife-wielding man, described above, attempted to rape her in broad daylight by grabbing her from behind. She claimed she was able to fight him off by kicking him.  She showed the police cuts and bruises.

KSL newsradio's Web site reported the story with this headline: "Woman fights off attacker on Jordan River Parkway."  The first line of the news report was as follows: "A 22-year-old woman fought off a would-be rapist along the Jordan River Parkway Tuesday afternoon."

A police officer warned people to be careful: "I would just recommend that people stay on the main trail if they're by themselves, and not go off on these side trails."

A local ABC affiliate interviewed a scared local citizen: “I’m kind of shocked it happened during the day in broad daylight,” said Cassandra Petersen from Taylorsville.  “It scares me. I live here and I take the dog out all the time. It makes me rethink where I’ll walk her because I’m usually by myself.”

Now police say the unnamed woman made it all up. Taylorsville Lt. Rosie Rivera said Monday the woman has been cited for filing a false police report and disorderly conduct.

Taylorsville authorities say this is the second time in a little over a year that detectives determined a trail assault report was fabricated.