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October 22, 2012

Stigler woman pleads guilty to falsely accusing man of rape

McALESTER — A Stigler woman recently entered a guilty plea in a case accusing her of falsely accusing a man of raping her.

Katheryn Marie Louise Clark, 21, of Stigler, pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to a misdemeanor charge of false reporting of a crime. She was fined $150 and sentencing was deferred for one year.

According to court records, Clark was charged Dec. 19 after she told authorities “that she had been raped by her soon to be brother-in-law.”

On Dec. 16, Pittsburg County Deputy Jack Suter was dispatched to Longtown and took a report from Clark that the man had raped her, according to a police affidavit. Clark accused him of dragging her by the hair and forcibly having sex with her while she was screaming and biting him, according to the affidavit.

A medical rape kit was performed on Clark, according to the affidavit, and the nurse performing the rape kit told authorities that “there was not any evidence of sexual assault.”

Authorities then interviewed the man Clark accused of raping her, as well as a possible witness identified by Clark in her statement to police, according to the affidavit. Suter determined that there was no evidence of any kind that the man raped Clark and determined that Clark had falsified the report.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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