A male subject's report of an alleged assault on the Mississippi State University campus Sunday afternoon was false, MSU police have determined in a continuing investigation.
As a result, the male is being charged with filing a false police report, Thomas Bourgeois, the university's dean of students, said in a statement issued today.
The subject had told investigators he was assaulted and robbed in the first-floor restroom of McCool Hall at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
"Filing a false report is a serious charge," Bourgeois said, adding that conviction can result in up to a $1,000 fine and a year in prison.
He said false reports are dangerous to the general campus population because they unnecessarily can divert valuable police resources, among other reasons.
"We treat false reports as seriously as we treat crime reports," Bourgeois said.
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