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Girl recants sexual assault story

Girl admits she made up story to avoid getting in trouble

MAUSTON, Wis. - A 17-year-old girl admitted she made up a story about a sexual assault, according to the Juneau County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the girl initially started that on Sept. 24 she was jogging on Koval Road east of Lyndon Station when she was forced into a silver SUV by a man between the ages of 30 and 50, taken to a wooded area and sexually assaulted. She said she was taken back to her original location.

Investigators said the girl made inconsistent statements in follow-up interviews and admitted Tuesday she made up the story so she wouldn't get in trouble for coming home late after meeting with a boy.

The girl will be charged with filing a false police report.

"While I am pleased and happy the incident did not occur, it is extremely frustrating that the false report was made," said Juneau County Sheriff Brent Oleson. "These investigations tax the resources of both small and large agencies alike and are very costly."

This case is one of four cases in Juneau and Sauk counties prompting officials to caution residents about attempted abductions.

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