Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Attempted rape claim at university parking garage false, say police

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — When it was first reported, the incident seemed to be the most dramatic in a series of alleged groping attacks inside University of Cincinnati parking garages: a female student alleged that a masked gunman tried to rape her but she escaped after punching him.

Now police say the report was bogus.

In an alert issued Monday afternoon, UC police said they had closed their investigation of the Nov. 5 sexual imposition alleged to have occurred inside Calhoun Garage. “There was no offense ... and the report was fabricated,” police said in an alert posted via, an alerting service that many law-enforcement agencies use.

Police gave no additional details as to how they discovered that the woman’s allegation was false, nor did they say whether the woman would face any charges or university discipline for making up the story.

The false report led to a campus crime alert and an intensive investigation; police scoured images from surveillance cameras.

Attempts to obtain further information from UC officials were unsuccessful.

At the time of the report, the case was the ninth such attack women had reported this fall. In September, a 15-year-old boy was charged in eight of the incidents, some of which occurred at Calhoun.