A manâ€™s report of an alleged assault on the Mississippi State campus Sunday afternoon was false, university police have determined in a continuing investigation.â€¨
As a result, the man â€” Kenneth Austin Hood, 28 â€” is being charged with filing a false police report, Thomas Bourgeois, the universityâ€™s dean of students, said in a statement issued Monday.
Hood is a former MSU student, university police confirmed Monday. Hood had told MSU police he was assaulted and robbed by two African-American males in the first-floor restroom of McCool Hall at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Hood even gave police a a detailed description of his â€śattackers,â€ť which university officials made public Sunday morning as MSU police officers searched for â€śsuspectsâ€ť in the incident.
â€¨â€śFiling a false report is a serious charge,â€ť Bourgeois said, adding conviction can result in up to a $1,000 fine and a year in prison.â€¨He said false reports are dangerous to the general campus population because they unnecessarily can divert valuable police resources, among other reasons.â€¨
â€śWe treat false reports as seriously as we treat crime reports,â€ť Bourgeois said.