Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

May 31, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Maple Valley teen lied about attack on trail

A 15-year-old girl who reported being attacked and stabbed while jogging on a trail in Maple Valley on May 23 has admitted to detectives that she made the story up, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s spokesman Cindi West said Thursday that the girl admitted lying after she was confronted by detectives with evidence that did not match her story. Sheriff’s detectives declined disclose specifics about the inconsistencies or what reason the girl gave for lying, West said.

The girl originally told sheriff’s deputies she was attacked by two men about 8 p.m. while walking on the Lake Wilderness Trail near Maple Valley. She said they threw her on the ground and tried to take off her clothes. She claimed that one of the men  stabbed her in the leg as she got away.

West said detectives are working with prosecutors who will decide if charges for false reporting will be filed against the girl.

“While it is unfortunate that the false report created anxiety and a great deal of work for our deputies, we are pleased that there is closure for the community and that the student finally did do the right thing,” said King County Sheriff Steve Strachan.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: false report, jogging trail, King County Sheriff's Office

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►