A woman who has recanted her story, the stated.
Investigators found inconsistencies in the victim's statement, and she withdrew her assault claim during a second interview, police stated late Thursday afternoon in a news release. She has not explained why she made the report.
The St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office will review the case to decide whether charges of filing a false police report should be filed.
The woman who filed the report has been released pending application of warrants.
Public Information Officer Korey Golcynski declined to elaborate on the inconsistencies identified by detectives. Clayton police do not appear to have interacted with the woman on other unrelated cases in the past.
False reports are not common, but they do require a lot of resources.
"A fair amount of man hours were spent on this," Golcynski said.
A brief review of Missouri law by Patch indicates that making a false report to a public servant can be classified as a Class B misdemeanor. A person convicted of a Class B misdemeanor may be sentenced to as many as six months in jail.
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