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Authorities are skeptical about rape report



Published: Sun, February 9, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



LISBON -- The probe into a reported rape of a Unity Township woman is continuing, but authorities are skeptical about the woman's account.

The woman, who lives on Peace Valley Road near New Waterford, refused earlier this week to take a polygraph test to clear up inconsistencies and peculiarities in her story, Columbiana County Sheriff Dave Smith said Friday.

Investigators probing the crime, which is said to have occurred about 11:24 a.m. Jan. 28 at the woman's home, say she has changed her story regarding how the crime occurred, Smith said without elaborating.

She also told authorities that, after the rape, her masked assailant ordered her to bathe and wash the clothes she was wearing during the attack. He also stayed at the house while she performed those tasks, Smith said the woman told investigators.

It's unusual for a rapist to stay on the scene so long, especially since the woman's 5-year-old son was in the house at the time, Smith said.

The woman's refusal to take the polygraph doesn't mean the case is closed, Smith said.

"It just means we're a little skeptical about the whole thing," he added.

Smith noted that the state Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation is still analyzing some evidence.

The woman is in her 30s. Smith said he didn't know her exact age.




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