COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office has announced that the allegations of sexual assault made Friday by a 14-year-old attending Musical Theatre Camp at Newton High School are false.
"The investigators handling the case received a phone call from the mother of the alleged victim who said that her daughter made the whole thing up 'as a joke for Friday the 13th,'" Morrison said.
The teen is now being charged with false report of a crime, a misdemeanor, and was released to her parents, according to Morrison.
The girl had told investigators that the incident occurred between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. when she went to the restroom. She said a man had attacked her from behind, wearing all black and gloves, but she was unable to give any further description.
"The victim said he pulled her down to the floor and sexually assaulted her," Morrison said in an earlier interview about the case, adding that she said she was able to get away from the man when she "mule kicked" him by kicking backwards.
She said she ran from the restroom and immediately notified adults of the incident.
The Musical Theatre Camp is sponsored by the Arts Association of Newton County.
Morrison said the sheriff's office spent a lot of time and manpower investigating this case and warns others who might make false accusations that there are serious consequences.
"When a crime is reported, a lot of resources, time and money is expended because we take any type of criminal activity, much less a sexual assault, very seriously," she said. "Obviously, consequences for falsely reporting a crime is that charges will be filed."