May 24, 2012

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Spring Valley man sentenced for false rape claim

NEW CITY – A Spring Valley man was sentenced on Wednesday to 60 days in the Rockland County Jail with credit for time served and three years of probation after a bench trial in county court on charges that he falsely reported a sexual assault.

Jose Reynoso Guzman, 22, also known as “Samantha,” had solicited a man for sex in Spring Valley at about 2 a.m. on October 11, 2011. The two argued over a fee, which led to a physical altercation between the two. Guzman later contacted Spring Valley Police to report he had been forcibly raped by the victim.

Police investigated with evidence and statements revealing the assault did not happen and during an interview, Guzman admitted that he had concocted the rape allegations.

Following a bench trial, he was found guilty of obstructing governmental administration and making a punishable false written statement, both misdemeanors.

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