Faked Rape Spurs Anger from Women

February 23, 2007 -- Posted at 6:37 p.m. CST

SENATH, MO -- After the story told by Victoria Simonton got out last week, women in Region 8 were terrified of an alleged "rapist" on the loose.

Now that the story has been proven false, some women are now angry.

"To find out that it wasn't true, it makes me feel that much worse," said Janette Thompson.

Janette Thompson was raped over a year ago and is still emotionally scarred from the experience.

"For her to go around saying that this happened and it didn't happen that brings up a lot of memories," said Thompson.

In Thompson's case the alleged rapist is her cousin.  The rape happened in November of 2005 on Lake Street in Paragould and since then Thompson has been waiting for Justice.

Officers with the Paragould Police Department tell me that after investigating the rape of Janette Thompson there wasn't enough evidence to get a conviction in the case, and the alleged rapist was never arrested.

Prosecuting Attorney Brent Davis handles rape cases in his office and doesn't feel a "faked rape" impacts the justice system.

"I don't think it diminishes the truth of anyone who comes forward because they've been the victim of a crime," said Davis.

When a rape is reported it is always intensely investigated.  In the case of Victoria Simonton, holes in her story and her guilt led to her confession.

"Occasionally there's red flags that you look at that make you wonder if this is really a legitimate complaint," said Davis.

Simonton faces a felony charge of filing a false police report and a misdemeanor of obstructing a governmental operation after she admitted she lied to police.