Police charge woman who made false sex assault claim in Portland


PORTLAND (AP) — Police say a woman who recanted reports of being sexually assaulted on the Back Cove walking trail in Portland has been charged with filing a false report.

Sarah Dodge of Bridgton was ordered Thursday to appear in court Oct. 1 on the misdemeanor charge.

Police Chief Michael Sauschunck tells the Portland Press Herald that the reported crime had a “negative impact” on the perception of safety in the city.

The 34-year old woman reported the rape Aug. 12, prompting police to increase patrols in the area. Authorities launched an investigation involving canine teams and several interviews with hikers and joggers.

Police say Dodge was questioned two days later about alleged contradictions in her account, and she eventually recanted.

Dodge couldn’t be reached by the Portland Press Herald for comment.