RCC student admitted attempted rape report was a lie, charges to be filed

Posted: Jan. 23, 2015 | Written by James H. Williams

After two reports surfaced alleging attempted sexual assaults inside Riverside City College restrooms Jan. 14 and 15, the latter has been ruled as false.

The 18-year-old woman who reported the second incident “recanted her assertion that an attack took place” after meeting with both police and detectives, according to a statement written by RCCD’s Senior Public Affairs Officer Robert Schmidt. The statement was emailed to faculty and staff Friday afternoon.

POLICE SKETCH: A suspect depicted in this sketch is wanted for an alleged attempted rape in a bathroom at Riverside City College Jan. 15. (Image Courtesy of Riverside City College)

POLICE SKETCH: A suspect depicted in this sketch is wanted for an alleged attempted rape in a bathroom at Riverside City College Jan. 15. (Image Courtesy of Riverside City College)

The release also stated that the situation surrounding the second incident does not affect the report by another student on Jan. 14 that took place in the quad restroom, which was “investigated and deemed as credible.”

According to a statement on the RCC website by campus police chief Jim Miyashiro, video footage lacked any physical evidence including the reported pencil stabbing in the Jan. 15 reported attack.

“Police plan to file charges with the Riverside District Attorney’s Office for PC 148.5(b) – a false report of criminal offense,” according to the statement.

The student also faces college disciplinary charges for student conduct violations.

Since the sketch of a suspect was released, Miyashiro stated that at least 39 calls have been received identifying someone who was said to have matched the description of the suspect.