UPDATE: HOAX! Cops Say She Lied! -- Teen Girl Assaulted Walking From School Tuesday in Santa Cruz County

Sheriff's Office were conducting extra patrols in Felton area.

UPDATE: Thursday, March 20, 12:45 p.m.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office reported this afternoon that a teen girl, who told law enforcement that she was assaulted on her walk from school Tuesday afternoon in the Felton area, was lying.

"We just again interviewed our teen victim ... and she has now recanted her previous story due to inconsistencies," said a department spokesperson. "Looks like it was a hoax."

The purported fabrication by the 15-year-old sent deputies on high alert and extra patrols, and even involved her high school's administration in the investigation.

The department apologized for sending the news release to the community, adding, the officers "wanted to get the info out there quickly." 

No additional details are available. 


Thursday, March 20, 10 a.m.

A 15-year-old girl was reportedly assaulted Tuesday afternoon by an unknown man as she walked home from school in the Felton area, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

The teen was walking at 4:30 p.m. from San Lorenzo Valley High School on El Soyo Heights Drive in Felton when a male came up from behind her and grabbed her by her sweatshirt, police said.

The girl pulled her arms out of her sweatshirt and broke free from the suspect's grip, but he then grabbed her by her shirt, police said.

She twisted out of her shirt, and ran from the man until she was able to contact friends and call the Sheriff's Office, police said.

The suspect was described by the victim as about 6 feet tall with a medium build, and wearing a long-sleeve, black sweatshirt, police said.

Deputies are conducting extra patrols in the area and working with the San Lorenzo Valley High School staff, but know of no other events related to this incident.

Anyone with information on the case or a possible suspect is encouraged to call the department at (831) 454-1211.

Mike March 20, 2014 at 01:34 PM
Nowadays we can't rule out Catholic priests, police officers, and teachers as molesters of our children. Welcome to the new social order.
Johnny at the Harbor March 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM
I say kick her little butt of the School District....send a message to other little dummies that this behavior is not going to be tolerated. There may have been REAL crimes these Deputies could have responded too. But Kudos to the SO and the School in their efforts to get this non-criminal.. Johnny at the Harbor Hanging in there...again
HippieCowboy420 March 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Or guys named Mike!
L.J. CoffeeHead March 21, 2014 at 02:23 PM
This subsequent 'report' seems a bit thin, too... You state that 'she lied' - on what grounds do the police, and subsequently yourself, Ms. Schena, base this statement? I would love to see journalism embrace the idea that statements should be backed up with facts and direct quotes from real people. The Fox 'News' style of saying "a source who doesn't want their name mentioned, said "..." is NOT legitimate reporting. I'm sure you can see why. These unsubstantiated pronounces that are made at The Patch weaken any position it may be hoping for as an actual local news source. So, back to this story... Did the young lady really lie, or was the young man involved the son of someone important? Stranger things than that have happened in Santa Cruz.
Susan C. Schena March 21, 2014 at 02:41 PM
You make a good point, L.J. Coffeehead. And I agree with you on unsubstantiated news. But in this case, I said the COPS SAID she lied. So that is where I got my information -- and it was from the department's spokesperson, whom I did not name just for brevity's sake. And I don't know -- personally -- if the girl did, in fact, lie when she originally told the story, or lied when she said she was lying. But your point is well-made and well-taken. Thanks!


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