First on WVLT: Woman Charged with Making Up Blue-Light Rape Story

By: Nick Bona
By: Nick Bona

Maryville, Blount County (WVLT) – The shocking story of a Blount County woman who claims to have been raped by a man imitating a police officer was a hoax.

Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp gathered the media Wednesday to announce that during his department's investigation of the blue light rape case, they found several inconsistencies in the victim's story.

That victim, Tiffany Ranee O'Connor, 28, Maryville, later recanted her story and was taken into custody for filing a false report.

At just before 9:00 PM Sunday night, O'Connor called 911, claiming to have been raped by a man she said was impersonating a police officer.

She said the incident began when she turned from Highway 411 south onto Cherokee Heights Drive.

That's when she claimed that blue lights appeared behind her, causing her to pull over into the parking lot of the Wiley Boring Shopping Center.

She said a man then approached her vehicle, grabbed her hair through the open window, dragged her to his vehicle and proceeded to sexually and physically assault her.

O'Connor told investigators that the man then pushed her from his vehicle and fled the scene.

Maryville Police began an around the clock investigation following the incident.

As for O'Connor, Chief Crisp said she had a prior criminal history including theft charges.

She will appear in court on November 2nd at 9 AM.

Her bond has been set at $1,000.

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