The woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted beneath the Broadway Bridge has recanted her story. She has now told police that there was no crime committed.
Boise Police Detectives stated in a media release that they will forward their reports to prosecutors who will determine whether or not to charge the woman with filing a false police report. Filing a False Police report is a misdemeanor in Idaho. Penalties are set by a judge in a court of law.
Boise police urge victims of sexual assault to come forward and report the crime. They hope victims will not be deterred by isolated incidents such as this.
There has been a sexual assault reported near Boise State on the Greenbelt in the early hours of June 8. The following is a release distributed by Boise Police Department. Check back for updates as they become available.
DESCRIPTION OF CRIME, SUSPECTS, AND STATUS OF CASE:
Boise Police Department took a report of a sexual assault that occurred this morning, June 8, 2014, at approximately 2:00 AM. The victim was walking from downtown on the Greenbelt when an unknown subject attacked her under the Broadway Bridge. She was attacked and sexually assaulted, but managed to flee the scene. There is an ongoing police investigation at this time. The suspect was described as a white male adult aged 20-25, between 5’10 and 6’1, approximately 170 pounds, muscular build, with blond buzzed-cut hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Campus Security and Police Services at (208) 426-6911, in person at Campus Security and Police Services located in Capital Village at 2245 University Drive; or, if you wish, anonymously through Silent Witness at https://secureforms.boisestate.edu/security/. In case of emergency, crime in progress, or if you feel there is a threat to the University and/or its community, dial 9-1-1 immediately.
Crime information can also be reported to Crime Stoppers by calling 208-343-COPS or (208) 343-2677. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 if your information leads to an arrest and filing of charges.
Campus Security and Police Services would like to remind students, faculty and staff of the following:
- Security escorts are available 24/7 by calling (208) 426-6911.
- It is a crime to intentionally touch someone against his or her will, regardless of the situation.
- When you go out, go in a group. Check in with each other throughout the night and leave together. Don’t let yourself become isolated with someone you don’t know or trust. Avoid going out alone at night.
- Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. Avoid wearing headphones, talking or texting on your cell phone, or anything which can distract you.
- Carry your cell phone with you and be prepared to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
- Know where the blue emergency phones are around campus.
- Report all suspicious people and circumstances to Campus Security and Police Services at (208) 426-6911 or from any blue phone.
- For students seeking confidential counseling services, contact the University Counseling Center by phone at (208) 426-1459, or in person at 1529 Belmont St, Boise, ID (Located directly behind the Student Recreation Center, in the Norco Building).
- For students seeking assistance with gender-related support services and educational outreach, contact the University Women’s Center in person on the second floor of the Student Union Building, near the Student Diversity Center at 1910 University Dr, Boise, ID 83725, by phone at (208) 426-4259, or by sending an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boise State University is sending out this timely warning in compliance with the provisions of the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1988.