Thursday, December 12, 2013

CT - UConn Student (Isabella Himmel) Accused Of Making False Rape Complaint Has Charges Dropped

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VERNON - A University of Connecticut student accused of falsely claiming she was raped had her charges dismissed Wednesday in Superior Court in Rockville.

Isabella Himmel of Chicago was arrested in September 2012 and charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident, second-degree making a false statement and second-degree breach of peace.

She was accepted into a diversionary program a year ago; the program required her to write a letter of apology to UConn's police chief, make a $500 charitable donation and do community service. If she completed the program successfully, she was told, the charges would be dropped.

"I was pleased today that the court did dismiss the charges against my client," her lawyer, Richard Brown, said Wednesday. "At no time did she make any admissions of any wrongdoing in the matter."

Himmel claimed she was raped by a group of men the weekend of August 25 and 26, 2012 — the weekend students moved onto campus.

She told police she was grabbed from behind by her hair on Route 195, or Storrs Road, and held down by as many as five men, according to the warrant for her arrest. One hit her in the face with something she thought was a skateboard, she said.

After she was raped, she ran back to her apartment near campus, taking her boots off along the way, she told police.

The university issued an emergency announcement to more than 30,000 students, faculty members and other staff warning that police were investigating a report of an aggravated sex assault.

Police reviewed surveillance video of Himmel walking on Route 195, and while she wasn't always in view, they never saw her getting attacked, running or taking off her boots, according to the warrant.

She eventually told police she may not have been assaulted at all, the warrant states. She takes medication that weakens her muscles, she said, and she may have fallen.

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