Police Charge Clemson Student For Filing False Report -Stone Washington

Following the recent eruption of sexual assault at Clemson University’s Delta Chi fraternity, the accuser of the sexual assault has bee charged with fabricating a false claim of harassment, a felony crime. This comes as local South Carolina news outlets, such as WYFF, suggested that 18 year-old Sarah Katherine Campbell of Herndon Virginia lied about being sexually assaulted by a Delta Chi fraternity student at Clemson. According to the article, “Campbell was arrested on a charge of filing a false police report of a felony. She was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center and released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.” According to South Carolina law, filing a false police report is a felony and chargeable of $1,000, up to five years in jail or both. The unnamed Delta Chi student had been taken into custody by the Oconee County Sherriff’s department following a filed report of the assault on January 29th. Campbell was later arrested and on charges of filing a false police report on March 1st, once police had learned of her alleged falsehood towards the accused Clemson student.

As previously covered by in the TTO’s article covering the break of this controversy last month, the incident sparked major backlash within Clemson’s Interfraternity Council (IFC), serving as the official governing body over all fraternity affairs at Clemson. Following a meeting among the IFC Executive Board, President of the IFC Landon Flowers issued a ban on all social events by the fraternities. Now, according to reports from an article on Campus Reform, new procedures were emailed to Clemson’s fraternities a on March 1st, signed into action by Flowers, following the report of Campbell’s sexual assault claim allegedly being exposed as a fabricated hoax.

It is reported in the article that Flowers released a statement on March 1st, addressed to Clemson’s fraternities about Campbell’s allegedly fraudulent claim, voicing new procedures to be in place following the sexual assault case.  An excerpt from the report reads, “Regardless of what was released in the news today, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) Executive Board and IFC chapter presidents recognize that ‘house parties’ have not been fully executed according to our national risk management policies, and other incidents still warrant the new safety procedures be implemented”. The Campus Reform article lists several of these new procedures that restrict social gatherings between fraternities and sororities with the threat of sanctions if caught violating these policies or in non-compliance with IFC’s mandate.

The TTO reached out to the Oconee County Sherriff’s office, IFC, and the University and was able to receive a response from Public Information Officer, Jimmy Watt at the Sherriff’s Office. Watt provided the TTO with Sarah Campbell’s press release, mugshot and Arrest Warrant, concerning the felony that she was charged with. The Press report lists key information regarding the origins of the initial controversy of sexual assault.

According to the statement, “18 year old Sarah Katherine Campbell of Grants Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:34pm.  She was released from the Detention Center yesterday on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.”

The statement continues by disclosing key information regarding the Criminal investigation into the matter and the Deputies’ work, “Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division were notified during the early morning hours of Saturday, January 27th by the Clemson University Police Department of a reported sexual assault that occurred at the Delta Chi Fraternity House near Seneca.”

“Deputies spoke with Campbell, who was the reported victim of the assault and started an investigation which was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Sheriff’s Office.”

“As the investigation continued and evidence was gathered in the case and based upon that evidence, it was determined that the sexual relations between Campbell and the male at the Fraternity House was consensual and that Campbell had not been truthful in the information that she provided to the investigator in the case.”

“Based upon that evidence, the investigator had probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant against Campbell”, according to the report.

The Sherriff’s office did not disclose any more information to the TTO at this time, and a court date regarding Campbell’s felony has yet to be determined. The IFC has however maintained its new policies restricting many activities within social events between fraternities and sororities at Clemson, despite knowledge of the claim by police that Campell’s report was false.


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