A Winchester woman is charged with filing a false police report after she admits to officers she lied about being assaulted in a local business. Heather Marie Baker, 24, told officers on December 13, 2012 that she was assaulted by three black males in the bathroom of a business. During a follow-up interview with Detective C. Coleman, Baker admitted to making up the story. She’s charged with one count of filing a false police report which is punishable as a class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted Baker could face a penalty of up to one year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.
Filing of a false police report is a serious criminal offense that takes time and resources away from real cases. The Winchester Police Department will charge individuals who have committed this crime and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. Those found guilty of the crime may also be ordered to pay full restitution for the cost of investigating the crime.
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) email@example.com