For more than two months, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has investigated the alleged rape of a woman inside her Laurel Bay home Feb. 2 and even arrested a Marine lance corporal in connection with the reported attack.
On Friday, the woman confessed she had made up the whole thing.
"The complainant has now given statements to investigators admitting that she had made up the story about being assaulted by an unknown individual," Jim Crandall, a NCIS supervisory special agent, said in a statement.
The confession draws to a close an investigation that resulted in the Marine's arrest, the tripling of patrols inside Laurel Bay and the collection of DNA samples from maintenance workers, police officers and anyone else who might have been near the house when the attack was said to have occurred.
It is unclear why the woman fabricated the attack, said Gunnery Sgt. Chad McMeen, air station spokesman. Her name was not released Friday by NCIS.
"An entire community was unnecessarily subject to a stressful situation and most importantly ... a Marine was apprehended and temporarily confined," McMeen said in a statement. "In the end, the truth was revealed, and justice will be allowed to take its course."
The Marine, whose name was never released, was arrested three days after the woman reported the attack and NCIS charged him with rape, breaking and entering and larceny. He was jailed for more than a month at the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, then released after the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory found that DNA evidence taken from the crime scene did not match. The Marine continued to be described by NCIS as a person of interest in the investigation until the woman's confession Friday.
The case is being turned over to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which will consider charges against the woman for filing the false report, McMeen said.