The following is a statement from the Santa Clarita Sheriff's station.
Recently, e-mails have been circulating throughout the Santa Clarita Valley area disseminating inaccurate information about an alleged violent assault and rape occurring in the Saugus area of Santa Clarita.
Although it is true that detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station were investigating suspicious circumstances around an alleged assault that occurred in Saugus on Sunday, March 11, 2007, the details described in the mails are not accurate.
After a thorough follow-up investigation and lengthy interview with the alleged victim in the March 11th incident, several investigative inconsistencies were identified. During the interview with the alleged victim, she recanted her claims that she was assaulted in any way and has, in fact, admitted to making up the entire story. She stated she made the claim in an effort to get attention from her boyfriend.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station is encouraging the public to rest assured that had any attack of the magnitude being expressed in these e-mails actually occurred, a widespread public announcement would have been made with complete, accurate, timely and detailed information.
Information sharing is very important in the fight against crime and protecting our communities and the Internet can sometimes be the best source for disseminating that information. However, inaccurate information that has not been thoroughly investigated and verified, can be detrimental to the investigation and the public.
Only information officially released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the City of Santa Clarita and reputable media outlets should be considered as accurate and/or verified.