Girl reports false abduction, sexual assault

Juneau Police say an 18-year-old woman made up a story about being abducted and sexually assaulted because she was having problems in her personal life.

At about 2:45 last Saturday morning, the woman’s mother called police saying her daughter had reported being abducted at knifepoint by three men. The girl said she was taken to an unknown location and sexually assaulted by one of the men.

On Tuesday, she confessed to making the story up because she was upset by relationship issues.

Juneau Police Lieutenant Kris Sell says filing a false report is a Class A misdemeanor. But in this case investigators didn’t feel it was necessary to charge the girl.

“We’re hoping in this case that it’s a young girl who learned her lesson from this experience,” said Sell. “Of course, as a police department we really hate to see false reports about sexual assault, because it damages then the credibility of women reporting legitimate sexual assaults.”

The girl’s name is being withheld, because she wasn’t charged. Sell says the investigation is now closed.

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