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Orange County woman faked attack story, prosecutors say

February 10, 2011 | 11:10 am

A Laguna Niguel woman who made up a story about being attacked has been charged with filing a false police report and resisting arrest, authorities said.

Prosecutors said that on Feb. 2, Danielle Rene Deichman, 20, reported the attack to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, telling deputies that a man had grabbed her from behind and tried to push her to the ground, but that she was able to kick him in the groin and escape.

But the story was fabricated, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Details of Deichman's account closely mirrored an assault that had occurred exactly one week earlier in the same location and had been reported by the media, authorities said. Investigators suspected Deichman had lied, and arrested her after conducting a follow-up interview on Feb. 3, officials said.

According to information released by the district attorney's office, Deichman struggled and resisted arrest, slightly injuring officers as they were trying to handcuff her.

She has been charged with one misdemeanor count of filing a false police report and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

Deichman was released from custody on $500 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on March 4 at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of one year and six months in jail, prosecutors said.


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