Bloomington woman charged in false rape report


A 22-year-old Bloomington woman is facing charges after police say she filed a false rape report last month. 

An initial hearing has been scheduled for Erica R. Kingsbury for Jan. 20th in connection with the Nov. 17, 2015 incident.

The report of an armed sexual assault in November sparked concern around the Indiana University campus. But police said last week it didn't happen as originally reported.

A 22-year-old woman told police she answered a knock on her door at the Brownstone Terrace Apartments in the early morning hours of November 17, and that a light-skinned black male forced his way in and raped her at gunpoint.

Police released a composite sketch, and within a few days, a man contacted Bloomington PD saying he might be the person described in the report.

The man said he knew the woman and had been with her that night. The man said she'd invited him in, and that there had been a dispute over money. He showed detectives text messages that supported his claim.

The man believes that the reported rape was made in retaliation for the monetary dispute and other issues between the two.

The woman admitted knowing the man who came forward to investigators, and confirmed he didn't force his way inside or attack her. Police say she's given them three different accounts of what happened and has been "evasive" about the dispute over money.

"Based on the seriousness of the alleged incident, we dedicated extensive resources to fully investigate it. The investigation revealed that the incident did not happen as reported and it is important for us to let the community know in an effort to alleviate the fear and anxiety it caused," said BPD spokesperson Captain Joe Qualters in a statement last week.