More false reporting cases dropped

State News

December 11, 2019 - 9:20 AM

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped false reporting charges against two more women who reported being sexually assaulted in Lawrence, as questions swirl around the handling of such investigations in the college town.

The cases involve one woman who said she was raped and another who said she was the victim of domestic violence, The Kansas City Star reports. The newspaper inquired about false reporting charges after Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson dropped charges in October against another woman, a University of Kansas student, who said she had been raped by a friend of her ex-boyfriend.

Branson noted that he feared publicity surrounding the October case could discourage sexual assault victims from coming forward.

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