Indy woman accused of false informing after rape allegation

An Indianapolis woman has been charged with false informing in Bartholomew County after she admitted an allegation she made of being raped was false.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a rape at about 11:35 p.m. June 11. Tiffany McGinnis, 29, told deputies that she was raped by her ex-boyfriend while under the overpass at U.S. 31 and Interstate 65. She told deputies that her ex-boyfriend is an out-of-state police officer wanted for murder, sheriff’s department spokeswoman Judy Jackson said.

McGinnis was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital. Deputies searched the area but did not find the ex-boyfriend or any evidence, Jackson said.

While investigating and looking for the boyfriend, deputies learned that McGinnis had been charged with false informing in Morgan and Lawrence counties for the same type of allegation, and had made similar reports in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Bedford, Jackson said.

Detectives were unable to find information about the boyfriend, and during a subsequent interview with McGinnis she admitted the allegation was false, Jackson said.

Deputy Jessica Pendleton assisted in the case.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at johannesen@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5639.