Prosecutor: Woman falsely accused cop of sexual assault

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A 24-year-old Detroit woman who authorities say falsely accused a Detroit Police officer of sexual assault has been arraigned.

Velicia Stinson filed a report with the Detroit Police Department around 6:20 a.m. Feb. 1, alleging that an hour before a police officer had sexually assaulted her in the 2200 block of Glynn Court, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

An investigation and review of a scout car’s in-car video did not support the allegation, according to the prosecutor’s office.

“The alleged actions of Ms. Stinson will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement on Tuesday. “Falsely reporting a sexual assault perpetuates the ugly stereotype that women are lying. This is one of the biggest barriers to eradicating sexual assault in this country, and a reason why there are untested kits sitting on shelves in police departments across the country.”

Stinson was arraigned on Sunday on a charge of false report of a felony, which carries a maximum penalty of up to four years in prison. A $1,000 person bond was set. She returns to court May 19 for a probable cause conference. A preliminary examination is set for May 26.

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