Police: Clark Co. teen sexual assault "unfounded"; case closed - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Police: alleged victim lied about teen sexual assault; case closed

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A teen's report that she had been sexually assaulted on the way to her bus stop on Tuesday morning is "unfounded," and police are closing the case, says the Clark Co., Ind., sheriff's department.

On Friday, "...it was learned the report was unfounded. Due to this new information the Clark County Sheriff's Office has closed the case and is no longer looking for a vehicle or person of interest in the alleged sexual assault," a news release said late Friday afternoon.

Clark Co. Sheriff Danny Rodden told WDRB News the alleged victim admitted making up her story during questioning from detectives on Friday.  The matter will be turned over to the Clark Co. prosecutor's office to determine if any charges might be warranted, Rodden said.

Greater Clark Schools and police had asked people to be on the alert for a man in his 40s in a white van associated with the incident, which was said to have occurred on High Meadow Drive near Utica, Ind.

Police said the girl gave detectives a detailed description of her alleged attacker and his vehicle, which local media and Greater Clark Co. Schools disseminated Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday.  Police added extra patrols in the neighborhood.

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