Hilo News — UH Hilo Student’s Attempted Rape Claim Was A Lie

A 19-year-old University of Hawaii student lied when she told police and the media that she was attacked at knifepoint in the bathroom of the Geology Building Tuesday.

“We are trying to unweave this wicked web of hers that spiraled out of control,” the student’s mother said Saturday.

A police detective who met with the student Friday “figured out something was not right,” the student’s mother said. He had the student call her mother in Ewa Beach to confess to lying. False reporting charges won’t be filed against the student, her mother said.

“I was pleasantly surprised at how much empathy the detective had, even when he got her to tell the truth,” the student’s mother said.

She expressed remorse to BIC and the media as a whole, to police, to campus security, and to university officials who she hounded for not being more swift about putting out an alert to other students about the alleged attack. University officials issued an email alert a couple of days after the false report was made.

“I’m sorry, I want to make amends,” the student told BIC.  “I didn’t know how big it was going to get.”

at first, the student told BIC she made up the story to try to bring attention to the fact that a friend of hers was attacked in the Soren’s last month. But when pressed for details on that case, and any similarities to the story she concocted, she waffled. She said the description of her non-existent attacker bore no resemblance to her friend’s attacker. “It was totally made up.”

The student told BIC she made up the story about the attack when she was on the phone with her mother who was getting on her case about something she did this summer that she had kept secret but her mother was beginning to uncover.

“I honestly believe it was a diversion to what was going on in her personal life,” the student’s mother said.

As a result of the student’s false report, I university officials have scheduled a student forum on Monday to discuss campus safety and security. Police are expected to issue a express release on the false report Monday, according to the student’s mother.

10 replies
  1. Pissed Off Student
    Pissed Off Student says:

    NO CHARGES?! For creating a fearful campus when people are getting ready for finals? This little twit is going to keep crying wolf unless she learns her lesson!

    I wonder if the Trib will publish her retraction on the front page like they did her accusation?

  2. The Casual Observer
    The Casual Observer says:

    This is a whole new generation. It’s not like big lies like this have never happened before. People have been sentenced to long prison sentences based on lies just like this. The difference today is modern technology. Cameras are everywhere, and google allows for every “truth” to be investigated further. DNA evidence is readily available. Every lie will be exposed eventually. Be it Manti Te’o or this UHH story.

    Now for everyone (including myself) whose first knee-jerk response was one of shock and empathy, go back and read the blog timeline of the event. Go read Damon Tucker’s post…including the letter from the “vicitim’s” aunty. Go read Tiff’s original post….and read some of the responses. Read some of those responses to me when I said the story does not add up and it might be a lie. I hope you then learn one thing:

    Don’t believe everything you read on-line. No matter how “credible” the source.

  3. The Casual Observer
    The Casual Observer says:

    The only responsible article I read on the whole thing came from John Burnnette with the Trib. His front page headline still allowed for the Trib to sell papers, but the content of the story was one that was more balanced and open to the various possibilities that was just not known at the time.

  4. Dianne
    Dianne says:

    ThiS girl is twisted…WHAT A FRIEND!! not!! My opinion..she needs mental help and charges pressed against her!! IT’S ILLEGAL what she did…what part do people not understand??? She created sooo much stress and hatred on campus..she needs to be held accountable!!

  5. Dianne
    Dianne says:

    Of course mommy is pleasantly surprised at the dtectives empathy if thats what you would call it!!!…she won’t be seeing her lying daughter in a courtroom next PPPFFT

  6. Calm and Collected Student
    Calm and Collected Student says:

    “Mitch Roth?! Please don’t let this faker get away with this crap.”

    What can Mitch Roth do? The police need to charge her with something before she can be prosecuted.


    “NO CHARGES?! For creating a fearful campus when people are getting ready for finals? This little twit is going to keep crying wolf unless she learns her lesson!”

    I don’t think it is necessary to charge her with anything. Yes, she made a very stupid decision but the embarrassment of having your “wicked web” of lies exposed state wide through various forms of media including television is enough social punishment for a 19 year old girl.

  7. Pissed off
    Pissed off says:

    Even if no charges are being filed against this lying little bitch, she should at least be kicked out of UH Hilo!!!

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