Abington, VA – Busted! Police tend to take allegations of sexual assault rather seriously. When a King University student said she was sexually assaulted during a traffic stop, the police went all out to get the evidence.
The problem? The girl lied.
Police say a North Carolina college student lied about being sexually assaulted by someone impersonating a police officer in Virginia. https://t.co/e9VfeOUdIn
— NewsChannel 12 (@wcti12) October 16, 2020
Dyanie Bermeo, 21 of Mint Hill, North Carolina was recently charged for making a false police report with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Her claim was that she had been sexually assaulted during a traffic stop on September 29, 2020.
The Washington County Sheriff’s office wrote on their Facebook page:
“A law enforcement officer or a person impersonating a law enforcement officer during a traffic stop had sexually assaulted her.”
Authorities are unsure if she was attempting to get out of a ticket, or just angry that the police officer had pulled her over. But, whatever the reason, she failed to think things through when she conjured up this story.
The Facebook post continued:
“The incident was alleged to have happened at the intersection of Old Jonesboro Road and Spring Creek Road on September 29, 2020.”
Following the 21-year-old’s report, multiple law enforcement agencies like the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Abingdon Police Department, and Virginia State Police conducted a “full-scale” investigation, according to Breitbart.
Bermeo reported the incident to the faculty at King University. This prompted the college to distribute safety bulletins to the students.
Her lie might have worked too, except she did not count on those pesky investigators who only want the truth.
The authorities gathered evidence, but there were a lot of things missing. It must have started to smell a little fishy. The alleged incident “lacked validity” and it even “appeared to be fabricated.”
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said:
“When confronted with the evidence gathered by Washington County Detectives Adkins and Roop, Bermeo admitted that she had fabricated the entire story. King University Faculty was immediately notified.”
Bermeo was charged by Detective Adkins with Virginia Code 18.2-461. It is the state’s penal code section for giving a false report to a law enforcement officer, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
According to Virginia state law, Class 1 misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $2500.
The post garnered 426 reactions, 160 comments, and 300 shares. The responders on the Facebook post were not having it. They were really upset by the false story.
“As if our police officers aren’t already on overload with their enormous workload something like this happens and they have to stop what they are doing and investigate this too! That girl knew exactly what she was doing.
“She used the situations of our country to cry wolf and try to destroy someone. Did she seriously think they wouldn’t investigate this? Nope! She thought it would scare the law enforcement and she would get out of paying a ticket (my opinion) and she didn’t care to lie about it.”
“It’s time this crap against our law enforcement officers stopped. Thank you, Sheriff Andis, Abingdon Police Department, and Virginia State Police for your diligence and your care of us all. God bless you all.”
An additional commenter said:
“Seems like ANOTHER intentional act meant to destroy an officer’s life — thank God an honest investigation was conducted instead of cowering to political correctness and the court of public opinion. God bless the men and women of law enforcement still running towards what everyone else runs from.”
A comment on “just rewards”:
“This young lady should be charged with the misdemeanor. Part of her punishment should be community service hours, a week-long ride with female police officers to show her what police officers due during their shift and pay the fines.
“The college should suspend her for 2 semesters as part of the court agreement. Thus this will allow her to gain better ways for her life in the future.”
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Authorities: King University student ‘admitted that she had fabricated the entire story’ about sexual assault during traffic stop https://t.co/M1icQTrr7o
— WFXR News (@WFXRnews) October 17, 2020
One person asked about the person accused (the officer) and pointed out that this was a waste of taxpayer dollars:
“What about the accused?? Anyone ever seen someone sitting in jail looking at a very long time for what people like this do?? It can ruin the accused lives also! And a misdemeanor?? Pathetic! She wasted the police officers’ time. Lied! Just sick!”
Some took up for the officers:
“This is what gives our law enforcement a bad name. I am glad she was charged”
One wanted to make her pay:
“If she’s found guilty they need to make an example of her. There are so many dangerous aspects to making such a false accusation. It’s harmful to those who have genuinely suffered sexual assault.
The commenter continued:
“It also erodes the public trust of the law enforcement community. People need to understand the consequences of this type of behavior.”
Many pointed out the cold, hard truth of the situation.
“People like this are the reason when it actually does happen, no one believes them! My heart breaks for law enforcement!”
“False reporting makes it harder for authorities to believe someone that truly has a complaint.”
Sadly, this kind of behavior is not uncommon. There are many stories out there where this has happened. One such instance was in February of 2020.
Authorities in Opelika, Alabama received a report about an alleged police impersonator sexually assaulting a teenage girl. They arrived at Old Opelika Road after it was reported that someone was impersonating an officer.
Detectives regenerated the events using traffic cameras and other video surveillance. When the teenager was confronted with the evidence, she admitted to lying.
The alleged victim in the case was a juvenile (under age 18), so further details were not revealed about the investigation or its outcome.
In the city of Charlotte, near Lansing, Michigan Kellie Bartlett pled guilty to lying about being raped by a sheriff’s deputy in 2017.
Bartlett told Michigan State Police in January that the deputy had sexually assaulted her in March 2017. Further investigation revealed that Bartlett was a “willing and consenting partner in this act.”
Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Erik Darling gave his testimony in a hearing that brought about criminal charges.
The moral of the story is, do not lie about something like this. The truth will come out, and the consequences will be unpleasantness.
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