18-year-old woman charged with false report of sexual assault

The unnamed West New York resident was released pending her first appearance in court

A West New York woman has been arrested on charges she allegedly filed a false report of sexual assault with the police, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

On Friday, Dec. 17, at approximately 11:15 a.m., members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested an 18-year-old woman from West New York on charges involving the false report of a sexual assault to law enforcement officers. She was arrested without incident at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City.

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The woman has been charged with third-degree Perjury, fourth-degree False Swearing, and False Reports to Law Enforcement. She was released after her arrest and her first appearance is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2022 at 10 a.m.

Alleged false report

On Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, shortly before 12:30 p.m., members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit received a referral from the Union City Police Department of a possible sexual assault that occurred in Jersey City in November.

It was reported by the 18-year-old that on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at approximately 12 p.m., she was walking in the area of Weldon Street and Dekalb Avenue in Jersey City when an unknown male approached her from behind, sexually assaulted her and then ran away.

After a thorough investigation, which included the review of surveillance footage of the area and time of the alleged crime, SVU detectives filed the false report charges.

“The Special Victims Unit invested valuable time and resources that could have been used on other investigations,” Suarez said. “We strongly encourage all victims of a sexual assault to call the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit at 201-915-1234. Your case will be investigated thoroughly and with respect and dignity.”

The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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