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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  • by SLO Location: KNOXVILLE on Nov 11, 2007 at 06:49 PM
    Know one is thinking about what the family of this girl is going through. The story makes for a good news story.The t.v. station has caused her husband and little girl to have to move out of their house(of course,along with Tiffany).The station went to all of the neighbors and the landlord to get some information about Tiffany.That doesn't matter to me, except they've caused hardship on two innocent people.Reporting news is one thing, but hurting others is not right.The law will treat rape the same way they always have. Just because she has problems doesn't mean you have to blow it out of proportion.
  • by Dot Location: Powell on Oct 27, 2007 at 05:17 PM
    The people that have sent in comments against Tiffany need to walk in her shoes for a few minutes. They might feel differently. I don't know what she has gone through, but there could be some unhappy things behind this. Pray for her.
  • by Mad as H3LL Location: Knoxville on Oct 25, 2007 at 12:45 PM
    I hope she's happy...She's getting ectally what she wanted...ATTENTION. How stupid can you be to fake a rape. Girl you need serious help and jail time....Get some friends, go to church, do something constructive. You deserve everything you get...People like you give true victims a bad name. God be with you he's the only one that will understand why you'd do something soooooo STUPID.
  • by debbi Location: tenn on Oct 25, 2007 at 06:27 AM
    well she just made it harder for women that are raped,she should be punished a lot for what she did,like spend some time with women that have been raped IT WON'T BE SO FUNNY THEN!
  • by knoxville Location: o. on Oct 24, 2007 at 09:11 PM
  • by Connie Location: Knoxville TN on Oct 24, 2007 at 05:01 PM
    She needs to pay dearly with jail time & money. I'm a single mom with a 20 yr old daughter & I worry enough about her with all the craziness in this world. For someone to make up something like this is horrible! Then all of the police time lost when they could've been helping someone who really was in trouble. Sure hope our judicial system just doesn't give her a slap on the wrist. She should get a very harsh punishment for something like this. No wonder police have a hard time believing a woman when she has really been raped...been there and had to answer the questions & see doubt from everyone. Not to mention living with the horror every day when you hear something like her story, then to find out it was FALSE.


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