Thursday, November 22, 2012

Cops: Alleged Sex Assault on CLC Campus Proven False

An investigation by College of Lake County Police has concluded that an alleged sexual assault on the Grayslake campus last month did not occur and was a false allegation.

An investigation of a reported sexual assault on the College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus has ended with the alleged victim recanting her allegation.

On the evening of Oct. 24, CLC’s Police Department received a call from Highland Park Hospital indicating that a female student had reported that she had been the victim of a sexual assault earlier in the day on the Grayslake campus.

CLC police went to the hospital and interviewed the student following her treatment and immediately began an investigation that concluded this week.

Police found inconsistencies between the alleged victim’s original statement and witness accounts, CLC Police Chief Thomas Guenther said. As a result, police again interviewed the student, and she admitted that her report was untrue.  She has signed a statement that the sexual assault did not occur and her report was a fabrication, Guenther added.

“It is very unfortunate that a false allegation was made,” Guenther said. “However, we take all reports of criminal activity very seriously, and it is very important to conduct a thorough investigation of any allegation. We now know that the assault did not happen, and we hope that students and the community will be reassured that the college remains a very safe place."