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Police: Reported sexual assault in Juneau County did not happen


JUNEAU COUNTY (WKOW) -- Authorities in Juneau County have determined a reported sexual assault that prompted a search for a male suspect did not happen.

On Wednesday, the Juneau County Sheriff's Office sent out a press release saying a 17-year-old girl will be charged with filing a false police report after telling officials she was sexually assaulted.

Police say the girl told police she was jogging on Koval Road, just east of Lyndon Station, when she was forced into a silver SUV type vehicle by a male between the age of 30 and 50. She also told police she was taken into a wooded area, sexually assaulted, and then let go at the original location she was forced into the vehicle at.

The girl gave police a description to a sketch artist who compiled a drawing of the accused attacker, which was released to the public.

Police say in follow-up interviews, the girl made inconsistent statements.

On Tuesday, the girl told a detective she fabricated the incident so she wouldn't get in trouble for being home late after meeting a boy.

Officials say while they are glad the incident did not occur, it is frustrating that the false report was made.

The following is a statement by Juneau County Sheriff Brent Oleson:

"I want to thank the public and other agencies for all their assistance in this matter. The one good thing that did arise out of this matter is the fact that the public in general was more willing to contact the Sheriff's Office or their local police department when they observed suspicious vehicles and/or people. Additionally, more parents spoke with their children about what course of action to take if they were approached by a stranger. We are fortunate that we do not see these types of crimes that often. This results in us being lax and careless. I encourage the public to continue to make reports of suspicious persons or vehicles in the future."

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