Elizabeth Jones, 22, made her first false rape claim in 2004, at age 13. Between that time and this week, when she was sentenced to 16 months in jail, Jones accused ten more men of raping her. According to the Telegraph, Jones accused her latest victim because she “did not like” him.
In 2009, Jones was sentenced to ten months detention for making false rape claims. Between 2005 and 2007, she filed eight false claims. Most recently, police say Jones had a friend make a report on her behalf, and then went to the police herself and had a medical exam. An arrest was made but the accused man–someone Jones knew personally–denied the allegation. Police reviewed CCTV footage from the building where Jones said her rape took place, and saw nothing in the video to support her story. After her arrest, Jones admitted to fabricating the story.
Behavior such as Jones’s undermines the reports of actual rape victims, says Detective Constable Tim Blanche who led the investigation. “We take rape allegations very seriously and those that make false claims need to face the consequences,” said Blanche. “False allegations completely undermine the work that the police have done and make it harder for genuine rape victims to come forward.”