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UNC student gets probation for false crime report

Posted July 31, 2008 4:10 p.m. EDT

— A former student at the University of North Carolina will do community service and spend a year on probation after an Orange County judge found that he made up a report of an attack on the university campus.

Brian Sharpe told campus police that he was pistol-whipped at Wilson Library on March 28. Officers became suspicious of his story when they failed to find blood at the scene of the crime.

Sharpe changed his story, admitting that he had injured himself in anger over an ex-girlfriend, then driven to campus and reported the assault.

A judge found Sharpe guilty of falsifying a police report and sentenced him to one year of supervised probation, 100 hours of community service and a $500 fine.