TRAVERSE CITY — Mikayla Lynn Zachman-Clark stood in court and admitted she falsely claimed she’d been raped by an ex-boyfriend.
“It was all a lie,” she told 86th District Court Judge Michael Stepka on Thursday.
Then Zachman-Clark told Stepka why she made an accusation about an incident on Oct. 3: her ex-boyfriend needed to learn a lesson for raping her in the past.
The problem, as Grand Traverse County Assistant Prosecutor Noelle Moeggenberg pointed out, is Zachman-Clark already made that claim and subsequently admitted that too “did not happen.”
Zachman-Clark initially faced a charge of making a false report of a felony — itself a felony — but accepted a plea agreement on Thursday that dropped it to a misdemeanor.
Zachman-Clark’s court-appointed attorney Paul Jarboe requested Stepka consider sentencing her into mental health court.
“There’s a mental health history the defendant has that doesn’t justify, but does explain why she did what she did,” Jarboe said.
The police report states Zachman-Clark accused her ex-boyfriend of forcing a pill down her throat and raping her outside a Keystone Road auto repair shop. A Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputy found numerous contradictions in her story and interviewed witnesses who raised doubts about her credibility and said she often lied.
The deputy confronted Zachman-Clark, who eventually admitted she made up her story about being raped.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 5.