COLCHESTER - The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations says a St. Michael’s College student who claimed she was sexually assaulted on campus last week made up the story.
Tanya Marceau, 20, an out-of-state student living in Colchester, is facing a charge of giving false information to a police, CUSI said in a news release. Marceau, a junior, is due for arraignment in Vermont Superior Court on Tuesday.
Police said they have been investigating the allegations of a reported sexual assault on the main campus near Cashman Hall about midnight on Sept. 14. The initial report implicated an unidentified man, who was captured on video surveillance. That image was released to the news media in an attempt to identify the man.
CUSI received a call from the man depicted in the image and subsequently met with him, Sgt. Dennis Duffy said.
During the interview information was gathered that contradicted the initial complaint made by the alleged victim, police said. Duffy said investigators gathered more information that corroborated the man’s statements.
CUSI investigators met with the alleged victim Thursday for a second interview and following the meeting Marceau received a citation ordering her to appear in criminal court, police said.
If convicted, Marceau faces a penalty of up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Friday, September 27, 2013
VT - Police say St. Michael's student (Tanya Marceau) made false sexual assault report