A 15-year-old girl in Palatka, Florida may have lied about being raped in a public school’s bathroom. The girl alleged that an unknown male forced her into the bathroom during school hours and raped her at knife point. After the alleged rape, she returned to class. She did not report the rape until after she returned home and spoke with her mother, which occurred hours later. There may be evidence that she concocted this story in ordered to cover up a sexual encounter that that she had off-campus. This case is still under investigation.
If this Palatka, Florida high school student did lie about being raped, she may face serious charges. Under Florida Statute 837.05, a person that “gives false information to any law enforcement officer concerning the alleged commission of any crime, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.” A first-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in the county jail. However, that is not the end of it. In Florida, if a person gives false information about a crime and that crime is a capital felony, she has committed a third degree felony, punishable by to up to five years in Florida State Prison.
A false report that alleges this type of sexual battery, a capital felony, could result confinement to a juvenile facility and being adjudicated a juvenile delinquent.
Although a 15-year old is a juvenile, her juvenile record will follow her for the rest of her life. It could effect her ability to get into college, obtain government sponsored student loans, obtain a professional license, and may result in deportation if the offender is not a United States citizen.
If a person is anticipating being charged with a the crime of filing a false police report, he or she should contact a Florida Criminal Defense Attorney as soon possible. A Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer can discuss the case with the state attorney office in order to prevent the filing of charges.