Police say Portland rape report was a hoax

Posted July 20, 2010, at 2:59 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Police say a woman made up a claim of being sexually assaulted by a group of men on a popular walking and jogging path.

Police in Portland investigated a report of a sexual assault involving a group of men attacking a woman on the Baxter Boulevard path between Hannaford and Vannah Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Authorities now say the woman admitted concocting the story.

Police say it was alleged that five men began following the woman and making lewd comments as she walked along the path. It was reported that the men forced her to the ground just off the path, held her down and assaulted her until a motorist yelled at them, prompting the five to flee.

The woman’s name wasn’t immediately released. Police say she has been charged with making a false report.

The 3.5-mile Back Cove trail is a popular jogging and walking path.