Monday, December 10, 2012

TN - U of M student (Anne Campbell) charged with making a false report, lying about sexual assault

Anne Campbell
Original Article

12/08/2012

By Janice Broach

A University of Memphis student was charged with making a false report Thursday, accused of lying about a sexual assault near campus.

Students are shocked. They can't believe someone would do that, unnecessarily scaring a lot of people.

"I think it's really bad people making up stuff like that," student John Kelsey said. "I mean it's a serious matter, the things like that she accused somebody of doing."

Memphis police charged 19-year-old University of Memphis student Anne Campbell with making up a story about being sexually assaulted by an unknown man on Mynders, a busy street right where many students live with a couple of fraternity houses right in the shadow of the university.

Students were shocked to hear it was all made up.

It created a lot of fear in students who got a text or email from the university warning them of the reported attack.

"I was scared," student Savannah London said. "I'm not from around here. I didn't know what to do. My family was really nervous for me."

According to Anne Campbell's Facebook page she is in the class of 2015. She is studying English and Spanish at the University of Memphis. She went to Millington Central high. And her 20th birthday is Sunday. She is charged with filing a false police report.

"I was scared really quick and then something like this happens, she just made it up," said student Caronina Carmichael.

While students are relieved, they are not letting their guard down.

Anne Campbell is still behind bars. Police have not released a motive for the false report about the alleged sexual assault.

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