Friday, June 22, 2012

Woman arrested for fake Fernandina Beach sexual assault claim

A woman has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report after she claimed she was the victim of a sexual attack at Main Beach on May 30.

Jennifer Riechert, 32, was arrested Friday and was being held in the Nassau County Jail on $15,000 bond, according to a release from the Fernandina Beach Police Department.

Detectives found that the incident did not happen, and Riechert has since recanted her claim. Riechert purposely misidentified a man she described as homeless as her attacker.

Police Chief Jim Hurley said Detective Tracy Hamilton worked to reconstruct the timeline of events, which led to the discovery that Riechert's report could not be accurate.

Detectives are still investigating what would lead Riechert to file a false report with sensational details.