Woman charged with fabricating rape
After police say she lied about being bound and raped near Innovation Park, a woman faces two misdemeanor charges of false reports to law enforcement officials.
Corl Keith, 22, reported to the Penn State Police Department that at about 8:30 p.m. on March 3, a man who appeared to be having car trouble lured her to his vehicle in the parking lot outside of the Lubert Building at Innovation Park, police said.
Wearing a black ski mask, dark clothing and tan boots, the man forced her to the ground and raped her in a snowbank, Keith, of 227 Ash Circle, Centre Hall, told police.
Keith told police the man struck her several times and tied a rope around her neck, according to court documents. The man threatened her life and tore her clothing during the incident, she told officers.
Keith was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment, where she received a forensic medical exam conducted by a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, according to court documents.
But physical evidence didn't match up, and police detected several inconsistencies in Keith's multiple versions of the attack, according to court documents.
When she was brought back in for questioning, Keith "essentially retracted" her story, Deputy Director Tyrone Parham said.
Before Keith acknowledged she made up the rape, Penn State officials believed the assault to be the second in only a month at Innovation Park, sparking what some university officials called an unfortunate panic across the Penn State community.
Security was increased at Innovation Park, and ComRadio members were encouraged to watch out for one another and stay in groups when working at the building late at night.