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Police: Woman made up report of Durham sex assault

Posted June 19

— Police said Thursday that a report of a sexual assault in Durham two days earlier was unfounded.

A woman told police that she was waiting for a ride early Tuesday when a man dragged her behind a business in the 4700 block of Hope Valley Road and assaulted her.

Police said Wednesday that further investigation determined the alleged crime didn't occur on Hope Valley Road, and they were continuing to investigate the case.

By Thursday, police determined that the woman made up the assault story.

Investigators don't plan to charge the woman with filing a false report, police said.


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  • kikinc Jun 20, 11:06 a.m.

    I would understand if the woman had some sort of mental issues, but I'm not going to assume that she does and automatically give her a free pass.

    Crystal Mangum lied, and she was never charged. Look where she ended up. She should have faced the consequences of her actions way back in 2006/2007.

  • anneonymousone Jun 20, 10:55 a.m.

    I'm with TRI123, DH1964, and SINENOMINE on this. What good does it do society to punish a woman with mental illness or cognitive disability? No doubt, someone has spoken to her and will be keeping a closer eye on her.

    For people with typical abilities, false reporting is inexcusable. At the same time, though, it must be noted that many people overestimate the percentage of false reports of rape and other kinds of sexual assault. In actuality, about 2% of reports of rape are false; roughly the same amount as for other felonies.

  • ian3141 Jun 20, 10:53 a.m.

    WRAL should publish the false accuser's name and other identifying information. Those who might deal with her in the future would thus have a chance to discover her lie and be warned.

  • sinenomine Jun 20, 9:45 a.m.

    Apropos and very good comment by WLBBJB.

  • Stuck in the snow Jun 20, 9:43 a.m.

    Relax, everyone. There are any number of reasons why they aren't charging her. One possibility... View More

    — Posted by dh1964

    Obviously the girl has mental problems, but why does that give her immunity?

  • wlbbjb Jun 20, 8:57 a.m.

    I hope the police refer her for mental counseling and also continue to keep an eye on her.

  • sinenomine Jun 20, 8:32 a.m.

    DH1964 is right. Police and DAs need some discretionary leeway in their jobs. Let them have it.

  • dh1964 Jun 19, 6:44 p.m.

    Relax, everyone. There are any number of reasons why they aren't charging her. One possibility is that she's mentally ill. Let the police and the DA do their jobs.

  • MudLife Jun 19, 5:45 p.m.

    Charge her!! You don't make things up like this and get away with it. That's what's wrong with the world today. People get a slap on the wrist and then they turn around and murder someone or commit another crime. Stop slapping them on the wrists and charge them!

  • luvstoQ Jun 19, 4:25 p.m.

    Why not charge her? She took up valuable time of those investigating the case when they may could have helped others.

    Also, sure sets a bad precedent for others to do the same and get by with it.