Police: Report of sexual assault at Occupy Baltimore unfounded
Baltimore police are saying they have no evidence to suggest that a woman was sexually assaulted at the Occupy Baltimore protest at the Inner Harbor. Police released a report that suggests the woman had a bundle of money stolen from her as she slept in a tent at the protest site.
Police said the tent had an open flap and could have been accessed by anybody. Police did question a potential suspect but did not file any charges. The woman complained of having a sore buttocks, and detectives had her examined at Mercy Hospital for a possible sexual assault.
Police issued this statement:
"Baltimore Police are investigating a reported assault and larceny that occurred Friday, October 28th at Mckeldin Square. This incident was reported to police Monday morning and detectives immediately began to investigate the allegations. At this time, the facts and evidence do not suggest that a sex offense occurred.
While the victim at no time reported a sexual assault to police, detectives offered the victim a precautionary SAFE Exam at Mercy Hospital and reached out to the advocacy community to provide her with support. Detectives continue to investigate the alleged assault and larceny and are working with the advocacy community to provide outreach and support to the victim."
Earlier today, we posted about how the claims - which were apparently sparked by a report on Fox 45 - had led to discussions at Occupy Baltimore about broader issues of security. A document detailing how to handle sexual assault allegations had also drawn controversy last month.