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Student Charged with Filing Fake Rape Report at UCSC

Morgan Triplett, 20, a UCSB student, has been charged with giving false information to police after alleging that she was raped over Presidents Day weekend.

A Santa Barbara student who had the UC Santa Cruz campus up in arms over an alleged rape on campus has been charged with filing a false report to police, authorities announced Thursday.

Morgan Triplett, 20, was charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by as much as six months in jail, according to a prepared statement released by Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee.

Triplett told police she was raped and beaten on campus while looking for banana slugs on Feb. 17. After an intensive investigation by UCSC and Santa Cruz police, the woman recanted her story.

"After an extensive investigation it became apparent that the majority of the information that Ms. Triplett gave the officers was not in fact true," Lee said in the prepared statement.

In the wake of the alleged attack, the campus held a 300-person vigil and a meeting about security on campus with UCSC Police Chief Nader Oweis attended by 50 students.

"She created a lot of fear on campus," said Oweis. "There's still a sense of fear on campus because of the fabricated claims."

Another student put out a YouTube video questioning whether the rape was being covered up by the University, which was seen by more than 9,000 people and led many on campus to question officials' integrity. Comments were taken off the page after discussion got so heated.

According to background sources, Triplett took out an ad on Craigslist asking for someone to beat her up.

One of the investigators on the case was Santa Cruz Police Det. Elizabeth Butler, who was murdered in an unrelated incident while working on this investigation.

Triplett will make her first court appearance within the next week, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Jeremy MacDonald March 21, 2013 at 08:13 PM
I don't mean to be obnoxious here, but when someone is accused of any sexual offence, whether real or imagined, they are treated as if they're guilty, right from the outset. Their name gets in the media immediately (not the accuser's name, though). Often they are ostracized by their freinds and family, workmates. When the accusation proves to be false, which is an unacceptable percentage of cases, the accuser is convisted of a 'misdemeanor'! This is an outrageous and entirely unacceptabe situation and urgently needs to be addressed. It's simple - same jail term for the accuser as would have been prescribed for the accused, if they're proven to be a false accuser.
PauED March 21, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Yes, I concur with you guys, she should be barred from the school... I would think this is the least what the school will do... But today's day and age, I wouldn't bet on it!!! And what resources where used and abused because of this???
The One March 21, 2013 at 09:33 PM
People who file false rape claims get a slap on the wrist, whose those wrongfully convicted sit in prison for years! It is obvious the feminist controlled courts is a major part of the problem.
ShuLei Healing Arts March 22, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Shout out to the investigators who got to the bottom of her perverse 'wierd sex' menatility before life long damages were wrongfully charged to who knows which man she may have wanted to target. She belongs in a mental institution.
MichaelHopek March 22, 2013 at 05:23 PM
What if she was raped and the University didn't want the bad publicity so they and the cops told her to say it was a hoax? In the history of the world, police try to cover up incidences that make the city, county, and in this case, UCSC look bad.

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