CALGARY -- Calgary police said Monday they are concerned with the increasing number of women reporting unfounded rapes and may consider laying public mischief charges.
Staff Sergeant Brian Larsen, head of the city police sex crimes unit, cited a case in which a 16-year-old girl said she was raped while waiting for a bus.
The girl, who had deep razor cuts across her chest, told detectives she had been approached by a man who threw her to the ground then brutally raped her.
Through a lengthy investigation, however, police finally determined the girl wasn't raped at all, but had cut herself and invented the story to explain her lateness in returning home.
The eight sex crimes detectives have recently spent almost as much time investigating bogus rape complaints as they have legitimate ones. The detectives, who work in pairs on rape cases, usually waste between two to four days before determining the charges are false, Larson said.
He said if the trend continues, police may start laying public mischief charges against the women. A person convicted of the criminal charge would face a maximum five-year prison term.
Last year, sexual assaults in Calgary increased 42 percent over 1980. Detectives solved 56 percent of the 103 legitimate rapes investigated.