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CORRECTION: Rape claim fabricated

Due to an editing error, time element was incorrect in story's first paragraph

Posted: November 8, 2012 11:48 a.m.
Updated: November 8, 2012 5:10 p.m.

By Jim Holt
Signal Senior Staff Writer

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies searched through Tuesday night and into early Wednesday morning looking for rape suspects who turned out to be nonexistent.

The search began after a 16-year-old girl told deputies she had been raped. She said she was walking on a bicycle path near College of the Canyons toward the bus transfer station when she was grabbed by two males, said Deputy

Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

She said she was rendered unconscious after a cloth was placed over her mouth and was taken to another area where she was sexually assaulted.

Patrol deputies immediately notified detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau, and an extensive investigation was initiated.

Because the alleged victim was a local student and due to the seriousness of the reported crime, one local school district opted to make notifications of the incident to faculty and parents.

The investigation continued throughout the night and “numerous resources were utilized” in an effort to identify and apprehend the alleged dangerous perpetrators, Dubin said.

By early Wednesday, the alleged victim recanted her statements and admitted to fabricating the entire story, Dubin said.

She made up the incident, she told detectives, to hide the fact she was not home on time and did not want to get in trouble with her legal guardians.

“Using the legal system to make false claims and carry out personal agendas can have serious ramifications,” sheriff’s Capt. Paul Becker said in a prepared statement.

“There are people in our community who truly need our help. They shouldn’t have to wait just because a person decides to inappropriately abuse the public safety system,” he concluded.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station personnel respond to more than 55,000 calls for service annually and take every report of crime, especially those involving violent assaults, very seriously, according to station officials.

False reports of emergencies or crimes are a violation of the law, they noted in the media release.

Using the legal system in this manner takes valuable resources from those who are truly in need and can cause undue fear to the public.

Charges have not yet been filed on the juvenile in this case. The investigation is ongoing.



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