Local law enforcement officials claim that a woman lied when she accused a Harold resident of injecting her with drugs and sexually assaulting her.
Floyd County Sheriff Deputy Daren Lawson arrested Lillian Jones, 20, in Prestonsburg on Monday afternoon, charging her with a felony count of filing false reports — a charge that was later corrected and amended to a misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an incident.
Lawson reported in the citation that Jones allegedly filed a false report stating she was sexually abused and assaulted. Lawson arrested Eric Roberts, 23, of Prestonsburg, last month following allegations in which Jones accused him of injecting methamphetamine into her arm and then touching her inappropriately.
Lawson reported in the citation filed Monday, however, that Jones gave a video statement reporting, “she made it all up.”
“(Jones) stated that she was forced and threatened by a family member to give the false statements,” he wrote in the citation.
Assistant County Attorney Tyler Green said Jones recanted her story after the case against Roberts was referred to the grand jury for consideration.
The case against Roberts, charged with first-degree assault and third-degree sexual abuse, was referred to the grand jury on July 3, and it has been pending review since that time. Green said Lawson will provide all the information from his investigation to the grand jury when he is called to testify.
Roberts spent about 30 days in jail after Jones accused him of these crimes.
His $5,000 cash bond was amended to half that amount during a hearing in Floyd District Court on July 12, and he was released on his own recognizance on Monday, a few hours after Jones was arrested.
Jones is scheduled to appear in Floyd District Court on Oct. 21 for a pretrial conference.
If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail for falsely reporting an incident.
“Falsely accusing someone of a crime is in and of itself a very serious crime with potentially serious criminal penalties,” said Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley.