Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Friday, December 07, 2012

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.