Red Bluff, Calif. --
Red Bluff Police say a woman is facing charges for making false allegations of sexual assault against three men.
Police say on December 4, 2018 at 8 p.m., an 18-year old woman reported to a Path Shelter staff member that she had been sexually assaulted by several men. One of the men was sleeping at the shelter. A staff member took the woman to St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Red Bluff Police Officers and a detective met the woman at the hospital and began an investigation into her allegations. The woman reported she had been kidnapped at knife-point, held against her will and gang raped by three men. A sexual assault exam was performed, and injuries were noted consistent with her story.
Police say investigators worked through the night and into the next day to identify the crime scene and suspects involved. Police say on December 5th at approximately 11:00 a.m. all three suspects had been arrested.
Police say detectives interviewed the accused, and their statements, along with additional information and inconsistencies in the woman's statement, police say it further indicated the victim was falsely accusing the men of rape. The woman was confronted by detectives, and she admitted to having made up the accusations. Investigators say she stated she did have sex with the men, but it was voluntary.
Two of the accused suspects in custody were immediately released from jail and all charges were dropped. The third suspect was never booked into jail because he was not positively identified by the woman and his testimony of innocence was convincing and consistent with other findings..
The woman now faces charges of making a false police report.