Morgan Triplett, a student at UC Santa Barbara, pleaded not guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge of making a false police report.
She was ordered not to use the Internet except for schoolwork and to continue mental health counseling. Triplett, who appeared in court with her father and looked down for much of the hearing, faces up to six months in jail if convicted.
She also faces court-ordered counseling and potential restitution to UC Santa Cruz police who facilitated a composite sketch, provided extra patrols and other services. The Feb. Triplett broke up with a boyfriend Feb. I need this to happen tonight, Feb. The man left and Triplett calledsaying that she was looking for banana slugs on a path when a man attacked and raped her.
Police responded and Triplett was transported to Dominican Hospital for her injuries, which included bruises to her head and torso, police said. Triplett also asked that DNA samples taken from her body not be sent to the Department of Justice for tests, which also raised suspicions about the attack.
After the report of the attack, several community meetings were convened on the UCSC campus. Police started a late-night shuttle service and warned people to be vigilant.
On Feb. Triplett admitted to police the report was false. During the investigation, authorities talked to the man who attacked Triplett.
He is not expected to be prosecuted, Schonfield said. Schonfield said she did not know how much money and resources UCSC police spent on the case or whether police would seek restitution.
Oweis said he hoped that victims of crime would not hesitate to contact police. Triplett is due in court May 23 in front of Judge John Gallagher for a preliminary hearing, which will determine whether there is enough evidence to hold a trial.
Triplett was never arrested or jailed. She was released from court on Friday and declined to speak to reporters.
Schonfield said Triplett met the man on campus and he agreed to beat her in exchange for sex. More in News.
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