Monday, June 10, 2013

Police: False rape claim squandered law enforcement resources

YORKTOWN — Police say a Mount Pleasant Township woman “terrified the community” with a false claim she had been sexually assaulted by an intruder in mid-May near Yorktown, Ind.

Kaitlyn Elaine Thompson, 20, was arrested Tuesday on preliminary charges of obstruction of justice and false informing.

According to an affidavit, Thompson called 911 dispatchers on May 16 to report she had been attacked by an unknown man who had “forced his way into her home and raped her.”

Yorktown police and Delaware County sheriff’s deputies raced to her home, in the 8300 block of Ashford Lane.

Thompson was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, and “the home was roped off to be processed as a crime scene,” Yorktown Marshal Todd St. John wrote.

Yorktown police spent more than two weeks investigating the crime and trying to find the assailant, reported to be a white male in his 20s.

“After reviewing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses and speaking to the victim, several inconsistencies began to appear,” the marshal wrote.

During a Monday interview, Thompson allegedly “admitted to lying about being raped and stated she manufactured the crime scene.”

Later in the discussion, the affidavit said, Thompson again maintained she had been assaulted, adding she had provided false details about the crime “because she was scared.”

“Ms. Thompson has lied during the entire investigation and admitted to that during the interview,” St. John wrote, causing “hours of unneeded work by several police officers.”

Contacted Wednesday, St. John said he could not provide additional information about the case while it is being reviewed by the Delaware County prosecutor’s office.

Thompson was released from the Delaware County jail after posting a $6,000 bond.

Court records reflect no prior charges against Thompson, a former resident of the Modoc area.