A Florida woman is accused of falsely claiming that sheriff’s deputy raped her during a shoplifting arrest.
Police arrested Marley Barberian, 23, of West Palm Beach, on Thursday on charges of false report of sexual battery, false report of a crime, and perjury. The charges stem from when she was arrested in January for shoplifting from a Target, during which she claimed a 55-year-old white male Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy, who has not been publicly named, stopped his police car while taking her to jail, put a gun in her mouth and anally raped her, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Barberian said that she assumed he put her gun in her mouth "because that probably turned him on,” WPEC in West Palm Beach reported. Barberian also claimed she was groped by a male officer while getting patted down at the Target.
Barberian stated that she thought the rape was the deputy’s “way of telling her he was gonna let her go,” according to the Palm Beach Post.
During an investigation of Barberian’s allegations, police determined they were false. In fact, they stated, it was a female deputy who drove her to the jail, according to WPEC. They also determined that it was a female deputy who patted her down inside the Target.
Dashcam video from inside the police car showed there were no stops on the way to the jail, according to police. The sheriff's office found probable cause to arrest Barberian for the alleged false claims. She has been booked on $3,000 bond. It’s unclear if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time.
Barberian stole $68.75 worth of items from the Target. In June she was convicted of shoplifting, resisting with violence, battery on an officer, and trespass. She was sentenced to two years of probation.
[Photo: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office]
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