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Heidi Jones Weather Reporter Lies About Attempted Rape

You Can Go to Jail For Lying About Attempted Rape

New York TV reporter Heidi Jones is making news after police charged her for lying about attempted rape. The 37-year-old weatherwoman alleged that a Hispanic man attacked her while she was jogging in Central Park this Fall and then threatened her again two months later near her apartment. She filed a police report following the made-up second incident. Police got suspicious, and Jones apparently told them that she was having trouble in her relationship and made up the crimes to get sympathy. She now faces a year in jail.

Lying about rape is horrible and should be treated as a crime — it can ruin the lives of innocent men and make it harder for true victims to get justice. But I'm not sure Jones should go to jail since she didn't accuse and tarnish the reputation of an actual person. Maybe a more fitting punishment would be to have her repay the police for resources wasted and announce on air that the attack never happen. That is if she keeps her job after this.

What do you think should happen to Jones?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Hiding I sort of disagree about her working at a rape crisis center, I think it would be a great experience for her but I would hate to be a real rape victim and have that attention slut trying to help me. It would be such a slap in the face. She's been suspended indefinitely from her job. I guess that seems fitting. 100% agree about mandatory counseling though.
Ac2366 Ac2366 6 years
According to one of the local NY news casts that I watched last night a man matching her description was taken into custody and questioned following her false report. The man was quickly released, but he was taken into police custody and questioned about a falsely reported rape. I don't think she should go to jail. She should be sentenced to community service and mandatory counseling. Maybe she could work at a rape crisis center.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Heavy fines, volunteer work, and a serious apology. But I don't think jail and wasting more money is a good idea unless she had named an actual person.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 6 years
Definitely a hefty fine to repay the police for wasted resources! Jail time seems a little harsh when there are real criminals running around, prison overcrowding, & a glutted judicial system.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
I actually think this is an offense worthy of jail time. Rape is a real and terrible crime, not an attention ploy. Hispanics are real people, not monsters in the park waiting to rape women who aren't mature enough to handle their love-lives. If not jail time, this woman should spend some serious time in the psych ward.
stylinfabqueen stylinfabqueen 6 years
Living in New York I watch her everyday on the news doing the weather. Its too bad that this has happened but no one is perfect. So, since she didn't name an actual person I think she should be fined for wasting NYPD's time. I doubt if she keeps her job... I would really miss her television presence.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
the problem with jail time is that she has already wasted enough resources. A hefty fine paid to the police department and a criminal record should be sufficient.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
hahaha in case anybody was concerned about my sanity, the original #6 was racist, not the current one. :ROTFL:
sarahinparis sarahinparis 6 years
Shame on Anon2!!! Department of Justice stats say you are wrong. I was going to post the link, but rape is not about race. I don't want you make the issue about Hispanic men, so I won't make it about another race. Most individuals who were victims of sexual assault knew their attackers: # In 8 out of 10 rape cases, the victim knows the perpetrator. Of people who report sexual violence, 64% of women and 16% of men were raped, physically assaulted, or stalked by an intimate partner. This includes a current or former spouse, cohabitating partner, boyfriend/girlfriend, or date. Patricia Tjaden & Nancy Thoennes, U.S. Dep't of Just., NCJ 183781, Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, at iv (2000), available at
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
If she had accused a specific person, she should have been sent to jail. But I think that it would be better for her to pay the money the police wasted on her case, do community service and apologize publicly to the Hispanic community. But woman who do accuse a specific person of rape, should be sent for a long time to jail. That is just despicable.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
WTF anonymous #6? wow. i think she should be put in jail and forced to pay for any expenses that were put into investigating her story.
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 6 years
"Don't tell me that you're not more afraid of a Hispanic guy than you are of a white guy if you were jogging at a park alone. " Wow, Anonymous, seriously? Although I'm a white woman, my boyfriend is Hispanic, and I find that statement INCREDIBLY racist of you. Shame on you.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
I am fine with her going to jail for this. Lying about rape is despicable and the time they spent working on her case could have been used to solve actual crimes.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I definitely think jail would be warranted if she had accused a specific person. As you stated, false accusations can ruin lives. In this case, however, there was no specific person so I think jail would be a little much. Community service might be more fitting to repay the time and resources she used. I also doubt the police would have imprisoned someone without her IDing the person in a line up as anon1 suggests, and if it got to the point where she made a false ID in a line up, then I would say put her in jail.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I don't know what an appropriate punishment would be, but I do agree that lying about rape is absolutely despicable. I don't think jail time is a disproportionate punishment.
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