Wednesday, December 25, 2013

VT - Woman (Bridget K. Sanchez-Yirka) charged with filing false sexual assault claim

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CASTLETON - Vermont State Police have charged a Strafford woman with filing a false report after she told police she was sexually assaulted at a party in Castleton earlier this month, according to a state police press release.

Bridget K. Sanchez-Yirka, 18, was arrested and charged with false report to law enforcement authorities after the Dec. 8 allegations, according to police.

Sanchez-Yirka told police she was sexually assaulted by an unknown male while attending a party on Mechanic Street in Castleton.

Detectives with the State Police Special Investigation Unit in Rutland, along with officers with the Castleton and Fair Haven police departments, investigated the claim but turned up no suspects or evidence of a crime, according to police.

Sanchez-Yirka was interviewed again and police determined she made a false report, police said.

According to the release, officers with the Vermont State Police arrested Sanchez-Yirka on Dec. 13. She is scheduled to appear in Rutland criminal court Jan. 27.

The Vermont State Police, in the press release, said it takes all sexual assault reports seriously and works to help victims get the support they need.

According to the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, one in five women are sexually assaulted, yet 63 percent of victims never file a police report. Research has shown that false reports are 2 percent to 8 percent nationwide.

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