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Police Say Woman Falsely Claimed She Was Abducted

by on March 06, 2017 5:31 PM

State College Police on Friday filed charges against a Milroy woman who allegedly claimed she was abducted before admitting she was not.

According to the criminal complaint, on the afternoon of Feb. 16, a State College Police detective was asked to interview a possible abduction victim. The detective said he was provided with a written statement Jessica S. Fye, 24, had given to Pennsylvania State Police as well as copies of text messages she had sent to her husband claiming that she had been kidnapped by a man that she knew.

Fye allegedly told police that the man forced her to follow her from State College to Burkholders Market in Spring Mills. Once there, she reportedly said, the man zip-tied her hands behind her back and forced her into an SUV.

Police say Fye told them that man left and another man drove her to a remote area. She allegedly claimed that the driver grabbed her hair, forced her to kiss him and made her take her shirt off.

During the drive she sent text messages to her husband and told him she had been abducted by the first man, police said. Her husband reportedly called 911.

The investigation revealed, however, that video surveillance from Burkholders showed Fye had met the driver of the SUV -- the second man in her account -- at the Spring Mills store and willingly got into his vehicle, police said.

Fye allegedly admitted to police that she was not abducted and had planned to meet the man. Police obtained text messages between Fye and the man showing she willingly met with him "to engage in 'role play,'" according to the complaint.

Fye was charged with misdemeanor counts of false report-falsely incriminating another person, unsworn falsification to authorities, and falsely reporting an offense that did not occur.

She was arraigned by summons on Friday by District Judge Carmine Prestia. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 5.


Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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