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Monday, 06 May 2013 10:32

Lexington woman charged with making false rape report

(PORT HURON) -- A Lexington woman has been charged with falsely reporting a rape, months after news of similar reports led to the release of a man convicted of assaulting her in a separate case. 38-year old Sara Ylen told police last September that she was assaulted at her Lexington home. She has been charged with filing a false felony report and tampering with evidence. In 2003, James Grissom was convicted of raping Ylen. The 54-year-old Grissom maintained his innocence since his arrest for an alleged sexual assault in a Meijer parking lot in St. Clair County. He was convicted despite a lack of physical evidence and sentenced to 15-35 years in prison. While Grissom was in prison, new evidence emerged in California that Ylen had lied about assaults that were similar to the Michigan incident. He was released last fall. The Associated Press doesn't name victims of sexual assault, but Ylen talked freely to the Port Huron Times Herald about the Grissom case, saying she wanted to speak publicly as a victim.