MSU student who fabricated rape story will face university discipline

Published 8:02 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Mississippi State University student who admitted making up a story about being raped on campus is to meet with university officials this week to discuss her possible punishment for the fabrication.

Dean of Students Mike White said Anna Elizabeth Owens will face the university’s student judicial process. Filing a false police report violates the campus code of conduct, White said. Punishment ranges from probation to suspension.

Owens, 18, of Holly Springs told police she was attacked in her car early Friday morning after giving a man a ride to a dorm complex. She was arrested Friday and later released on a $250 bond, Chief Deputy George Carrithers said.

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She is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Sept. 11. If convicted, she faces a maximum of one year in county jail and a $1,000 fine, Carrithers said.

“We’re still looking into some other issues about this,” MSU Police Chief Georgia Lindley said.

Lindley said Owens never gave a reason for filing the false report.

Owens could not be reached for comment. A phone number corresponding to the address given to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department was disconnected.

Owens’ rape report came within two weeks of another reported rape, and news of the second report was spread by a campuswide e-mail and text message alert system.