Scottsville woman charged with making false sexual assault allegations

Published: Nov. 2, 2018 at 1:54 PM CDT
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A woman has been charged with false swearing after police say she confessed to lying about a sexual assault.

Carlotta Lynn Merchant reported on Oct. 18 that someone wearing a ski mask and clear gloves forced entry into her home on N. 6th Street and sexually assaulted her.

On Oct. 23 police say Merchant called the detective assigned to the case and confessed to staging the crime scene and making up the sexual assault so she could get sympathy from an estranged boyfriend.

A criminal complaint was obtained charging Merchant with false swearing.