Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Sunday, June 08, 2014

Sexual Assault claim recanted; Investigation into false report

Boise Police detectives say after a day-long investigation, late Sunday night, the adult female who had reported a sexual assault beneath the Broadway Bridge recanted. The woman now tells detectives a crime did not take place.

Boise Police Detectives say they plan to forward their reports to prosecutors to review for possible charges of filling a false police report.

Boise Police want to thank citizens for their concerns, but to emphasize that the evidence, including the individual's own admission, points to no sexual assault occurring in that area overnight and there are no outstanding suspects.

Background: At approximately 9:00 a.m., Sunday, June 8th, an adult female reported to police she was walking on the greenbelt about 2:20 a.m when an unknown suspect sexually assaulted her beneath the Broadway Bridge. As detectives investigated the incident, the woman recanted her report, telling detectives she was not the victim of a crime after all.

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. 

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.