April 5, 1978: This false rape claim doesn’t last long. At Newburgh, New York, teenager Lucille Stevens phones Deputy Police Commissioner Frank Navarra and tells him she wants to report being raped by her former boyfriend, one of his officers, on March 29.

She claims that last month he had broken up with her to return to his estranged wife, but forced her to have sex first. She agreed to take a lie detector test, and apparently not realising this is junk science, broke down and told the truth while it was being administered. Another case of a WOMAN SCORNED. She was charged with perjury and false reporting. The report below is from The Evening News (Newburgh), April 6, 1978, page 3A.


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