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False Rape Claim Leads Police To 2 Legitimate Rape Cases

Police say a teenager’s story could help close two rape cases from more than a decade ago. Learn more.

Police said Tuesday that a teenager’s story could help close two rape cases from more than a decade ago.

A 17-year-old girl told police that she had been raped while walking home from work, heading northbound on the 6200 block of Cleveland Avenue, 10TV’s Danielle Elias reported.

The girl said that she was followed by a masked man, who pulled her behind a building and sexually assaulted her.

The girl was taken to a hospital and examined, and a DNA kit showed results matching the girl’s co-worker. The man was booked by police on unrelated outstanding warrants and was going to be charged with felony rape and kidnapping, Elias reported.

Detectives said they questioned the suspect and the victim again, and found glaring differences in their stories.  The girl then told police that she wanted to drop the charges.

“So, even through Columbus charges didn’t pan out, there are two incidents out of Middletown, Ohio, that are going to be solved as a result of the cooperation between the state database, the local database and law enforcement,” Columbus police Sgt. David Pelphrey said.

The man currently is in the Butler County Jail, where he could face charges from alleged incidents 14 years ago.

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