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Rape and kidnapping story a hoax

ENCINITAS — A news frenzy that shook up the low-crime beach town of Encinitas and beyond has taken a new turn after a San Dieguito Academy student who claimed to be raped by three men has confessed to making the story up, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
The latest news came after sketches of the alleged rapists had been posted and printed through media outlets countywide.
On Sept. 24, the 15-year-old female reported that she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by three men while walking home from school at the 800 block of Melba Road.
Reports say that the girl claimed the abuse by the men took place while they drove around neighborhoods with her inside of the white sedan they used to kidnap her in.
She then claimed to be dropped back off at her school.
Capt. Sherri Sarro of the Encinitas station said in a release that after an extensive investigation into the facts it was learned the victim had actually been in contact with an adult male online who picked her up on Sept. 24 during her last class at school.
The victim was then taken to an undisclosed location where the two engaged in sex, before she was dropped back off at her school, according to Sarro.
Reports say the victim was ashamed and embarrassed of meeting someone online, after having been forewarned of Internet dangers by her parents.
Twenty-year-old Jose Adrian Cano of Vista was arrested Sept. 28 in connection to the case.

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Stan L. September 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Please tell me that this "victim" is facing charges for her lying to law enforcement and false statements.
I think of all the police and sheriff’s deputies who stopped working their regular assignments, and focused on this case – only to discover they’d been lied to. With added presence in one part of town, what was sacrificed elsewhere?
You don’t lie to law enforcement. You don’t file false charges against people. Period. When you do, you suffer the consequences.

jfzs September 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I hope the girl is not charged with any crime. There are others ways to deal with this.

The police still refer to her as a victim (without the quotation marks used by the previous poster to show a false title, shame on you Stan) because she still is a victim. She is a 15 yr old girl who was lured by an adult man online for sex. Was this a bad choice on her part to see a stranger she met online? Of course. She must have felt victimized and wanted to report statutory rape, or it could have been more serious than statutory we don’t know yet, but as the newspaper article stated said was ashamed because she had been warned of internet dangers by her parents. So this girl made up a false story, albeit an outrageous one too.

Did she think the adult man was same the age as her, after all she only knew what he claimed online? How old was he actually? Did she feel threatened if she didn’t have sex with this adult? Does this man have a prior history as a predator? I don’t know and either does any one else but the police, that’s the point. I hope this child gets the counseling she needs. Besides the obvious trauma of being a victim of a probable internet predator, the teasing and harassment at her school that will she will have to endure for a very long time by some of her peers due to this situation will be bad enough.

CW Grizwold September 29, 2010 at 1:37 am

Wow, the turmoil that has ensued. I called an old neighbor who lives up the street from the "incident"; this is close to where we used to live (in the hood). He said on Sunday morning, there just isn’t something right about this… well sure enough there wasn’t.
This is such a hot spot in our community that the 15 year old should have fessed up. However she is still 15. She should serve some serious hours of community service, but she still has to deal with her own conscious.

Marco Esquandolas October 2, 2010 at 9:05 am

She may have been the victim of a crime, but she then perpetrated another crime. Her age should be taken into account, of course, but it does not make it any less a crime to lie to law enforcement. What message should we send to other children? That it is OK to lie when you are embarrassed? No. Justice protects us all. She committed a crime and should pay the penalty according to the statutes.

BBJones October 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I think she has learned her lesson and survived ..that is the moral of the story..
to pick up stones to throw.. is more about judgement than justice

oncefallendotcom June 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm

jfzs, you’ve got to be kidding! Has our country become THIS naive to think this girl didn’t know what she’s doing? She is no victim. She should be punished for whipping up a frenzy.

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