PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – A woman arrested for shoplifting falsely accused a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy of rape earlier this year, authorities say.
According to the arrest report, 23-year-old Marley Barberian is now facing charges of a false report of sexual battery, a false report of crime and perjury, reported CBS 12.
Barberian was in custody for shoplifting at a Target store. During processing at county jail, she told an intake nurse that a PBSO deputy sexually battered her during transport.
As a result, a criminal investigation occurred. In a sworn statement with a detective, she claimed the deputy sodomized her after they left the Greenacres Police Department.
She said he pulled her pants down and raped her on the side of the road after he pulled over to complete some paperwork he got from the police department, the arrest report notes, according to CBS.
Afterward, she told authorities the deputy who raped/sodomized her dropped her off at jail. Moreover, she also accused the deputy of groping her earlier during a patdown search following her arrest at Target.
The woman, according to the report, described the deputy as being a big white male, bald or with little hair, and green eyes. She also claimed he put his gun in her mouth, “because that probably turned him on.”
However, after investigating her statement, authorities found holes in her story. One male deputy said the accused deputy did not touch Barberian inappropriately, and that a female deputy actually patted her down.
Furthermore, he also told authorities that the accused deputy only drove her to the Greenacres police station, and then a female deputy took her to the Palm Beach County Jail.
Investigators reviewed the in-car video. This evidence disclosed there were no stops from the time the accused deputy drove Barberian from Target to the Greenacres Police Department.
Other surveillance video showed a female deputy escorting her into the jail and booking her there, the arrest report says.
The CBS report did not indicate whether the accuser submitted to a rape exam and/or what evidence did or did not exist if one was performed.
As a result of their investigation, the sheriff’s office found probable cause to arrest Barberian and book her for making false accusations.
The woman remains at the Palm Beach County Jail on $3,000 bond.