KU student went to cops to report a rape. Now she’s the one charged with a crime.
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September - University - Kansas - Student - Police
In September 2018 a University of Kansas student met with police officers outside Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
She explained to an officer that she had been raped the day before. The details, however, were blurry because she was drunk at the time, she said, according to court documents.
Rape - Career - Officers - Charges - Phone
Worried about what reporting a rape could mean for her career, she told officers she did not want to press charges. But she allowed them to look through her phone before going inside for a rape examination.
Lawrence police detectives decided the student was lying and, without telling her, investigated her rather than the alleged rapist, according to motions filed by the woman’s attorney in Douglas County District Court.
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Months - Felony - Crime
Five months later she was arrested and charged with falsely reporting a felony crime.
According to a 2009 University of Massachusetts study, about two to eight percent of rapes reported are false.
Douglas - County - District - Attorney - Charles
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson says this is one of them.
“The State believes the evidence shows the Defendant fabricated the rape story to effect the relationship between herself and the victim ... and her ex-boyfriend,” Branson said in a statement.
State - Evidence - Hearing - Testimony - Victim
“The State believes the evidence presented at the preliminary hearing, including: the testimony of (the victim), (her ex-boyfriend), law enforcement officers, and evidence collected by law enforcement, specifically, text messages from the Defendant to her friend …indicate the sexual encounter … was consensual.”
The woman’s attorneys, Cheryl Pilate and Branden Bell, said the state’s witnesses in the hearing weren’t telling the truth.
Client - Statements - Statement
“Our client is innocent. She did not make false statements to police,” they said in a statement.
“At a preliminary hearing, the court must assume that the State’s...
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