Update: Sexual Assault claim recanted; investigation into false report
Boise Police Detectives want to alert citizens that the report of a sexual assault that allegedly took place early Wednesday morning near 15th and Lemp Street in Boise has been recanted.
Detectives say the adult female who made the claim now tells detectives the assault did not take place.
Boise Police Detectives say they plan to forward the investigative report to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for review on possible filling a false police report charges.
Boise Police want to thank citizens in the area for being on the watch for anyone suspicious, but to emphasize that the evidence, including the victim's own admission, points to no sexual assault occurring in that are and there are no outstanding suspects.
Background: On Wednesday December 5th an adult female told police she was returning home early that morning when an unknown suspect pushed her through her front door into the home and sexually assaulted her. The incident was reported to Boise Police at approximately 12:30 p.m. the same day and the investigation began.
As detectives investigated the incident and followed up on the evidence, the victim recanted her report of the sexual assault today, telling detectives she made up the story.
Filing a False Police Report: Filing a False Police report is a misdemeanor under Idaho Code, with fines and penalties being set by a judge in a court of law. Police detectives say investigating false reports can be more costly and time consuming than investigating legitimate claims because there is no true trail of evidence to follow.
Sexual Assault Reports: Boise Police investigators hope news of isolated cases like this do not deter other victims of sexual assault from reporting potential crimes. Boise Police have developed effective policies and protocols with community partners like hospitals, counselors, and victim advocates to provide investigative services as well as emotional support and counseling to those who have been the victim of an unwanted sexual attack.
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Boise, Dec 5th, 2012- Boise Police are investigating a reported sexual assault that took place early this morning at a home near 15th and Lemp Street in Boise.
What Happened: An adult female tells police she was returning home early this morning at approximately 2:00 a.m. when an unknown suspect pushed her through her front door into the home and sexually assaulted her. The incident was reported to Boise Police at approximately 12:30 p.m. today and the investigation is ongoing.
Suspect description: The suspect is described as an adult male. At this time no further description of the suspect is available.
Crime Stoppers: Officers are asking anyone who saw anything that may have been suspicious in the area early this morning to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.
The investigation into this incident is very preliminary at this point. No further details are available at this time.
Safety Precautions, call 911 immediately: Officers urge citizens to take the following precautions;
- Report suspicious activity or individuals to police dispatch, or for emergencies call 9-1-1
- When walking, be aware of your surroundings
- If possible, walk in pairs or groups and try to stay in well lighted areas
- Don't take shortcuts: don't walk in or near alleys, and don't walk on deserted streets.
- Use caution in parking lots, and don't walk in poorly lighted areas, dark doorways, or near shrubbery.
- Don't accept rides from strangers, and don't respond to comments from strangers on the street.
- If you suspect someone suspicious is following you, cross the street and walk into an open business.
- If you are alone at work after business hours, keep the door locked.
- If you work late, ask a co-worker to walk you to your car.
- When meeting a new friend, exchange phone numbers only, not addresses. On a first date, let family and friends know where you are going. Consider a daytime meeting rather than a night meeting, for a first date, and meet in a public place.
- It is never a good idea to go to a nightclub or bar alone, and if you do, provide your own transportation.
- Don't allow alcohol or drugs to impair your judgment. If you haven't already set a few social standards, do so and stick to them. Don't allow an overly aggressive pursuer to change your mind.
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