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Rape and Kidnapping Claim Was False, Investigators Conclude

Release Date: November 6, 2008

A student who claimed to have been kidnapped and raped on UB's North Campus last year has told University Police that the incident never happened.

The woman's December 3, 2007 claim was investigated by University Police, but detectives were unable to find any physical evidence or witnesses, said University Police Chief Gerald Schoenle. "This incident created an atmosphere of concern on campus, and we think it is important for everybody at UB to know that we have determined that the alleged crime never took place."

Schoenle said that it is against the law to make false statements to the police, but the university has decided it will not press charges against the woman, who is no longer a student and does not reside in the Buffalo area.

For more information about the University Police investigation, go to http://upolice.buffalo.edu/alerts.php.

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