UF student charged with fabricating attack

Nov. 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A Florida coed faces criminal charges for allegedly making up a story about being attacked at knifepoint by a would-be rapist, campus police said.

Sarah Lawrence, 20, a student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, told police Oct. 1 she was walking near a dormitory when a man accosted her with a knife and tried sexually assaulting her. As police questioned Lawrence about the incident her story began to change, leading police to conclude she'd made the whole thing up.

Eventually, when confronted by officers, Lawrence allegedly admitted to fabricating the story.

She told The Gainesville Sun the whole thing just got out of hand.

"Something happened in my life, something got out of hand basically, and it didn't have to be that way," she said. "It became a bigger deal by itself, and it kept going, I guess."

University police said they would send a message to others who might consider filing a false report that wasting officers' time is no small thing.

"There were a considerable amount of law enforcement resources expended into the investigation of this incident," police spokesman Maj. Brad Barber said, "all of which could have been used in the investigation of actual crime."

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