Penn State Student Accused of Filing False Kidnapping Report

Penn State student, Samantha Sernekos, is now facing criminal charges after filing a police report alleging that she had been kidnapped. Penn State Police say their two-month investigation turned up no evidence that a crime occurred.

According to Penn State News, in January,

“The victim, a student, reported that a dark colored sedan traveling south on Shortlidge Road stopped and a white male exited the vehicle, grabbed her off the sidewalk and forced her into the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle traveled south on Shortlidge Road to College Avenue. The vehicle continued off campus to an unknown location where the victim was forced out of the vehicle. The occupants of the vehicle attempted to indecently assault the victim, but the victim was able to escape on foot.”

In a press release, University Park Police Chief Tyrone Parham said “As the investigation progressed, the victim admitted to investigators that the incident did not happen.” Penn State Police spoke with witnesses and friends, and checked video and phone records, before they determined that Sernekos was not kidnapped.

Sernekos is charged with “one count of making an unsworn falsification to authorities and also making false reports to law enforcement authorities.” Both are considered second-degree misdemeanors.


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