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January 17, 2014

Woman pleads guilty to false rape report

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.

 

 

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