Arrest With Chance of Jail: Television Weather Forecaster Heidi Jones Arrested For False Rape Claim

New York’s WABC/Channel 7 weather forecaster Heidi Jones was arrested for making a false rape claim to police. Jones claimed that she fought off a hispanic male who pulled her into the bushes while she was jogging in Central Park.

Jones has appeared on “Good Morning America” and filed the report two months after the alleged rape attempt. Police found discrepancies in her story and she finally admitted to making up the story as a play for sympathy. Oa Class A misdemeanor, she could face up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine.

Source: NY Post

Jonathan Turley

34 thoughts on “Arrest With Chance of Jail: Television Weather Forecaster Heidi Jones Arrested For False Rape Claim”

  1. kay

    The biggest criminals in America are cops, lawyers, prosecutors, and judges.

    Scary stuff indeed. Americans need to get rid of their local police, the DHS, and put prosecutors on a short leash. Impeaching judges should be a vigorous civic duty put ahead of all other voluntary activities.

    Enough of 5K races for cancer, diabetes, and diseases. We need charities and energies focused on eliminating abusive local police departments and impeaching judges. Like the one in your case.

  2. How did they catch her; I don’t see how they could prove that an event didn’t happen unless she claimed that she was raped at a time she was somewhere else. Even so, she could claim she was mistaken about the time because she was so distraught.

  3. anon nurse: “because their lies spill over and often color the cases of those women who have truly been victimized”

    That’s what makes this kind of crime so odious. It doesn’t help that there seems a natural bias against a charge of rape when there is for other crimes such as robbery, car theft, burglary, or non-sexual assault but the attention, possibility of profit, and possibility of an innocent person going to jail is similar.
    =======================

    “When I find myself in times of trouble… whisper words of wisdom…” And seek legal counsel.”

    LOL, excellent advice.

  4. mespo: “They think themselves as despicable before the incident, as we do afterwards. It’s self-fulfilling.”
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    Well said.

  5. erykah:

    As sad as it is pathetic. With no formal training in this area, I can only rely on experience: These are cries for help by desperate people. They think themselves as despicable before the incident, as we do afterwards. It’s self-fulfilling.

  6. Dear Anon Nurse

    Under common law, regular businesses can’t deny service but attorneys can. They are NOT required to critique your case or your document in return for $ X. My case is what’s called a “Can of Worms” because it involves judicial misconduct. The state p.d. sent me to the federal p.d. and the federal public defender wrote to me in jail that by statute they couldn’t represent me because I was not criminally accused.

    Anyway, I want to live and I want to live a good life with or without a lawyer. I actually am a pretty good researcher partially through persistence.

  7. Kay,

    I’m sorry for what you’ve had to endure… You certainly aren’t alone, though that’s little comfort.

    What I intended with the above comment was to communicate that “the law” is complicated. And if one is ever needed, I’ll seek legal counsel. Even if it doesn’t turn out well, it will probably be better than trying to negotiate the legal system without one.

    Who (except a lawyer) would guess that annoying someone could be equated with some sort of molestation. I guess it’s considered a sort of emotional molestation, depending on the level of “annoyance.” But I’m not a lawyer. And I’m just guessing.

    Bottom line?

    As the ever-eloquent Mike Spindell said somewhere else on this blog, “Justice in the US is hardly dispensed even-handedly or impartially.”

  8. @anon nurse

    I did seek legal counsel. When I was called to the restraining order hearing I only had three days notice and could not find a lawyer in that time as I told the judge, who did not offer an extension.

    I paid $4,000 for criminal defense and the criminal charges were dismissed but the lawyers said they didn’t know what to do about the restraining order.

    So I was almost a prisoner in my home until I moved and sold my home to my neighbors’ lawyer because my neighbor and the cops were outside so much.

  9. This is so wrong on so many levels. As mentioned by anon nurse as well as one of my colleagues being accused of sexual assault in his office with a female client who stayed out late after her appointment and needed an excuse from her abusive husband for not being home on time. There wasn’t any criminal action taken since her story couldn’t be substantiated, but it didn’t stop the woman and her husband from filing a malpractice suit. I don’t think the punishment for this crime is much of a deterrent for causing so much trouble and pain to others.

  10. kay sieverding:

    “Basically, there is the criminal definition of “molestation” which means some sort of sexual act and then there is another definition meaning to “annoy”.”

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    “When I find myself in times of trouble… whisper words of wisdom…” And seek legal counsel.

  11. Another risk that people don’t realize is the risk of being charged with “molestation”. What is “molestation”? Routt County Colorado Judge James Garrecht sua sponte ruled that I (a middle aged married woman) “molested” my next door neighbor Jane Bennett by complaining that she and her husband the Steamboat Springs Colorado City Council President Kevin M. Bennett violated the zoning and the 14th Amendment by building extra buildings on their property.

    Jane Bennett brought this action against me without a statutory basis and Judge Garrecht ruled under the Domestic Partners law but I never ever ever had any sort of physical or sexual contact with Jane Bennett nor did I ever suggest that I wanted to.

    Based on his sua sponte finding of molestation, Judge Garrecht gave Jane Bennett a permit to have the police arrest me if she could get within 30 feet of me so she followed me around Steamboat until I sold my house to one of her lawyers.

    The transcript of this hearing I put on Pacer in the District of Kansas 02-cv-02510 document 18. That was a lawsuit I filed against a Kansas publisher of articles about this (they owned and managed the Steamboat Pilot and used Kansas computers for their website). I had to file a motion to dismiss as a condition of keeping my husband and myself out of jail so I never did get an evidentiary hearing on that.

    Jane Bennett never claimed I molested her but she didn’t object to the court finding that I molested her either and she benefited from that by being able to retain these extra buildings. They aren’t even on the Routt County property tax rolls for Princeton Ave.

    Basically, there is the criminal definition of “molestation” which means some sort of sexual act and then there is another definition meaning to “annoy”.

  12. Being on TV wasn’t enough attention for this woman? What AN said about legitimate rape claimants is true. Ms. Jones not only wasted the police’s time and resources, she did actual victims a great disservice.

  13. A sad case when a person has to go to these lengths to get attention! anon nurse is correct that it is hard to sympathize with someone when they lie about someone committing a heinous crime.

  14. I’ve worked with sexual assault victims over the years, as they’ve come into ER… It’s an uphill battle for victims, anyway, but those who make false accusations and/or those who falsely claim to have been assaulted or raped, make it that much harder for the women who are telling the truth.

    While I recognize that there is an underlying psychological problem, it’s still difficult to stomach, because their lies spill over and often color the cases of those women who have truly been victimized — those who have truly been hurt.

  15. eniobob, the crazies are closing in on you, go to the bunker now, we’ll let you know when it’s safe to come out.

  16. Wow,two threads in a row that have hit home,First the Judge situation now the weatherlady I see on the week-ends.

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