Wednesday, March 12, 2014

UT - Woman (Sarah Rutz) pleads guilty to false rape report

Sarah Rutz
Sarah Rutz
Original Article


By Kevin Jenkins

ST. GEORGE - A woman accused of filing a false police report that she was raped on a jogging trail under Sunset Boulevard last year pleaded guilty to the charge Wednesday as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Sarah Rutz, 27, pleaded guilty to a felony count of making a fraudulent claim to the crime victim reparations fund and a misdemeanor count of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

Two other counts of false information to an officer were dismissed under the agreement.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 7, but Judge James Shumate allowed the attorneys to dictate the terms that the court will commit to because a new judge will preside over the final hearing after Shumate’s retirement at the end of this month.

Under the terms of the plea and sentencing agreement, Rutz will serve 30 days in the Washington County jail on a weekends-only schedule and must complete restitution payments to the victim fund.

After completing her jail term, she will serve a period of court-ordered probation. Once the probation is finished successfully, Rutz can file a motion to have the felony count reduced to a misdemeanor, but Shumate warned Rutz that if she violates her probation she could end up doing additional jail time.

Judge (G. Michael) Westfall will be bound to those terms … if you successfully complete your probation,” Shumate said.

In May 2012, Rutz reported she was attacked by a stranger on the path that crosses below street level near Sunset Boulevard and Dixie Drive, touching off a temporary closure of the trail amid a police investigation and search for the suspect in the community.

Male DNA samples not belonging to Rutz’s husband were collected during a sexual assault response at the hospital, and Rutz twice reported seeing her alleged attacker in the community while she received more than $25,000 in financial assistance from the crime victim fund for recovery-related services.

But in September 2012, police reported Rutz’s story had unraveled after her husband found evidence she had contacted a man she met through the personals section of Craigslist. Police contacted the man, who said he and Rutz had a relationship, and the DNA collected during the investigation was found to match a sample he provided.


nathan rabalais said...

It's floriduh of course they are then happy to pass this bill any bill invloving sex offenders and floriduh they'll pass it before you have tomorrow's dinner on the table

getting closer to the street said...

Where are the guys with this topic , and those that spoke I guess are non participants . We need to hear from those that do the partying both males and females . Idon't think I'd be wrong with this statement . But the unconscience state of mind is just an excuse for experiment , but a dangeous journey . When the college of education is responsibile for those on campus . Teaching respect and unity within the campus setting is someting of a common goal movement -CHANGE THE WORLD- for better CARE . Friends are the best and most effective in guideing a safe or logic dicision .

dlc said...

What the heck is wrong with these prosecutors? They obviously are catering to the sheeple's desires.

anonymous said...

As for the online DUI list in Florida- I don't know if you're aware of this, but Florida actually requires all felons and not just sex offenders to register- see 775.13 in Fla law. Seminole County (Trayvon Martin's county) posts every single registered felon and not just the sex offenders online, but I don't think any of the other 60-something Florida counties do. The Florida felon registration is only for 5 years, though, and with no residency restrictions.

Sex Offender Issues said...

But is their photos and all info online for anybody to see?

Anonymous said...

Seminole County (population little over 400,000) is the only county in Florida that puts the felon registry on the internet. Right here is the link to the online Seminole County felon registry.
This site gives you the name, address and even car make for every single registered felon in Seminole County. If you click on their profiles, it even shows you a picture of them. Broward County was actually thinking of posting its registered felons online about a year or two ago, but they decided against it. Right now, only one out of Florida's 66 counties (Seminole County) makes the felon registry public, but eventually more counties may follow Seminole County's lead. Who knows, maybe even the state will want to turn the felon registry over to the public.

Lance Mitaro said...

You mean they'll introduce and get sponsors for a new one before the ink is dry on the last one.

nathan rabalais said...

It's a figure of speech but you can pretty much say that

Mark said...

“But because he was not under any kind of community supervision, we
couldn't go into his house. We couldn't go in the house, we couldn't
look in his computer to see if he was doing something wrong, we couldn't
look in his house to see if he was contemplating doing something wrong,” Rutherford says. “And had we had the chance, maybe it wouldn’t have made any difference. But I sure would have loved to have the opportunity.” Since the demise of AMERIKA is at hand, this statement should be no surprise so that when the state police forces are given an inch, the door is open to start taking the mile. Nothing more could be said about this jack-ass statement. And the probability is extant they will get their wish is just a pen stroke away. STAY TUNED!