Charge dropped in false rape case near IU campus

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Update (Jan. 19, 2017)– The count of false informing against Erica Kingsbury was dismissed without prejudice.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (December 9, 2015) – A Bloomington woman has been charged with false reporting in a rape case that occurred near the IU campus last month.

A 22-year-old woman, identified as Erica Kingsbury, initially reported that she was sexually assaulted in her apartment in Brownstone Terrace. She told police that someone knocked on her door just after 3 a.m. on November 17, and when she opened the door a man pushed his way into her apartment and forced her into the bedroom with a gun.

During an investigation by the Bloomington Police Department, she admitted that the original version of report involving an unknown male forcing his way in at gunpoint and sexually assaulting her was inaccurate.

“Based on the seriousness of the alleged incident, we dedicated extensive resources to fully investigate it. The investigation revealed that the incident did not happen as reported and it is important for us to let the community know in an effort to alleviate the fear and anxiety it caused,” said Bloomington Police Department spokesperson Captain Joe Qualters.

Captain Qualters confirmed on Wednesday that the woman has been charged with one count of false informing.

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