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Teen recants assault story

Sunday, October 24, 2004

SIKESTON -- A report by a Sikeston teen of an attempted abduction and sexual assault has proved to be false after an intense investigation and several tips provided by the public.

According Drew Juden, director of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the teen was confronted with evidence, most of which was supplied by tips, and confessed to filing a false police report. The 14-year-old told investigators that she had fabricated the story in an attempt to cover up a relationship with an older teenage boy.

The girl told officers she was walking home Monday from the Sikeston Alternative School when she was approached by a male driving a dark green Hummer with Illinois registration. The victim told DPS the suspect asked her to get into the vehicle and, when she refused, he grabbed her and placed her in the Hummer. She said the suspect held her as he tried to sexually assault her, but she was able to push him off and to get away.

The victim sustained minor injuries during the ordeal.

She also told officers the same suspect had approached her in a different vehicle the week before and gave a detailed description of the suspect.

However, the description of the suspect and the suspect's vehicles were made-up.

Juden, commended the citizens of Sikeston for providing the information that led to the resolution of this case.