Cops: College Student Arrested After Falsifying Rape Account

Despite their efforts, police could find no evidence, suspects or witnesses to the alleged crime.  

By Benjamin H. Smith

A student at the University of North Georgia has been arrested after police say she falsely claimed she was raped while out running.

19-year-old Rebekah Lim was arrested Monday, following an in-depth investigation into her allegations that she was raped by a man on May 24, according to a press release posted on the Facebook page of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office

On the night in question, Lim called 911 and said she had been raped while out running on the Reservoir Trail in the town of Dahlonega, where the school is located. Police immediately responded, interviewing her near her apartment on the UNG campus. They then searched the trail for evidence and suspects, however, came up empty. In their press release, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office says “Due to the nature of the alleged crime, investigators continued working intensely on this case over the next several days.” Despite their endeavors, police were unable to locate any evidence, suspects or witnesses to back up Lim’s account of what happened.

“Approaching the case from all angles,” and by their account still taking Lim’s allegations seriously, police reviewed security cam footage from the UNG campus and the City of Dahlonega. They also reviewed Lim’s cell phone log. After examining all available evidence they determined Lim had never been on the Reservoir Trail at the time she claimed the attack occurred and that “Ms. Lim had falsely claimed she had been raped.”

Lim was arrested at her apartment and is currently being held at the Lumpkin County Detention Center. According to The Atlanta Journal–Constitution,  jail records reveal Lim was charged with making false statements and writings and concealment of facts. No bail has yet been set.


[Photo: Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office]

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