NORTHWOOD | A Clear Lake woman who falsely told law enforcement a man assaulted her after she stopped to help him will be arraigned in Worth County District Court Monday.
The Worth County Sheriff's Office charged Ty O’Hara Wooten, 36, with misdemeanor false report of indictable offense to a public entity Oct. 10.
North Iowa law enforcement on Sept. 28 circulated information a man had staged a vehicle break-down and assaulted a woman who stopped to help him. The Worth County Sheriff's Office said in a Sept. 29 news release the woman recanted her story.
NORTHWOOD | A woman who told law enforcement a man assaulted her after she stopped to help h…
Wooten claimed she was a victim of an attempted rape on Wheelerwood Road, south of Diamond Jo Casino. She said the alleged attacker burnt her and had a knife, according to court documents.
“Wooten was interviewed the following morning and recanted the entire story, stating that she wasn't attacked and hurt herself,” court documents said.
She recanted her statement in an interview with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation the morning after the alleged attack, the department said.
“Wooten’s original claim of attempted rape with injuries and weapon would have been felony level, making the false report charge a serious misdemeanor,” the department said in a release.
— Courtney Fiorini