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MB woman convicted of making up sexual assault

Janelle Martinez claimed three men held her down and raped her in 2010 (Source: MBPD) Janelle Martinez claimed three men held her down and raped her in 2010 (Source: MBPD)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A Myrtle Beach woman has admitted to filing a false police report in claiming she was sexually assaulted and kidnapped in February of 2010, and has been sentenced to five years.

Capt. David Knipes, spokesman for the Myrtle Beach Police Department, said on February 6, 2010, Janelle Martinez, 24, reported to police she had been the victim of a kidnapping and a sexual assault at an area hotel.

Martinez further claimed two men held her down while a third man raped her and then reported this continued until each man had assaulted her.

All three men were interviewed by detectives, and evidence was collected for analysis.

Upon further investigation, it was determined Martinez was not completely forthcoming in her account of the events and crime. A lack of evidence and testimony by those interviewed did not support her claim, according to Knipes.

On April 15, 2010, Martinez was confronted about the inconsistencies in her claim. At that time, Martinez admitted to filing a false police report and said she was not sexually assaulted as she had previously claimed.

Martinez was then charged with three counts of filing a false police report.

On June 10, 2011, Martinez pled guilty and was sentenced to five years, which was suspended to time served and five years probation.

Further details surrounding the incidents have not been released by authorities at this time.

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