Thursday, July 15, 2004

Covington woman charged for false abduction report

The Enquirer

BURLINGTON - A Covington woman was charged Wednesday with falsely reporting an attempted rape and abduction.

Brenda Maher, 39, of Covington, faces up to one year in jail and a $500 fine if she is found guilty of the misdemeanor.

Maher told detectives she had been kidnapped in Covington and brought to Boone County where her abductor attempted to rape her, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Department. She later admitted to making up the story after being questioned by Detective Josh Quinn.

Tom Scheben, spokesman for the sheriff's department, said the department was aggressively pursuing charges against Maher because such false reports unnecessarily cause public concern.

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