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11/20/2011 11:19:00 AM
Allegation of deputy sex crime leads to false information arrest

etectives arrested a 16-year-old girl Wednesday afternoon after she made a false report to police.

Late last week, Cottonwood Police were dispatched to a reported sex crime in which the alleged suspect was a Yavapai Sheriff's deputy.

The girl told authorities that the deputy had committed a sex offense while he was on the job.

Based upon the seriousness of the alleged offense and to avoid a conflict, Cottonwood Police detectives were asked to assume the investigation.

They interviewed the alleged victim and took additional steps in the investigation, including the service of a court order and search warrant on the involved deputy.

After gathering information from witnesses and a statement from the suspected deputy, the alleged victim was interviewed a second time.

The investigation also obtained evidence that included eyewitness testimony, a timeline of the event and surveillance video.

The girl eventually admitted that she knowingly gave a false statement to the police and that the incident never actually occurred.

"Regardless who is involved, you go into any investigation with the same mindset. That is, to have an open mind, be impartial and unbiased. You go where the facts and evidence lead and the ultimate goal is to find the truth," said Cottonwood Police Chief, Jody Fanning.

"It's something we repeat as investigators," said Cottonwood Police Detective Sergeant, Tod Moore. "It's as much our job to clear people of involvement as it is to seek convictions. We went into this investigation not knowing where the evidence would lead, but we still had to do a thorough investigation. Our detectives dedicated a significant amount of time to this case.

The 16-year-old juvenile was arrested and taken into custody and booked on a charge of False Reporting to Law Enforcement.

She was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Prescott. The report and case against the Deputy has been closed as, "unfounded."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2011
Article comment by: Lived There, Believe It

John Doe, I lived in a couple southern states a number of years ago, and I can believe that happened to you. I care, and I'm sorry I don't know you.

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011
Article comment by: john doe

I was a deputy in a southern state when I was falsly accused, tried, and convicted of molestation. I spent 20 years in prison suffering many assaults, torments, and abuses for a crime that never happened, but a thousand crimes were committed against me while in prison. I appealed and fought for the truth to come out for the entire 20 years, but no one wanted to hear the truth, the conviction was all that mattered. Now that I'm out, no one will hire me, no one will be my friend, no one wants to be seen near me, and I'm restricted from going anyplace there are children, including church. I know prison's are full of innocent "sex offenders" because I was one of them, but I also know no one cares.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011
Article comment by: Joan Concerned

Yes! So many lives ruined by false accusations. Maybe if the false accusers are held responsible, the false accusations may decrease and innocent people don't have to go through that horrible world of injustice! Where people are biased and laws are discriminatory and unjust, etc!

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011
Article comment by: Wake Up Call

I'm happy to hear a Yavapai Sheriff's deputy has been cleared in this case! Now as to the 16 year old, I hope they through the book at her! She is obviously a person of little quality to do something as low as this. Why any body would try to tarnish a career, family life and reputation with false accusations is beyond me. Some will say she's a kid who made a mistake but I think at 16 she knows the difference between right and wrong. But if not, she's going to learn as some kids do, the hard way!

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