Woman sentenced to 3 years for false rape accusations
A judge handed down a three-year prison sentence to a woman who admitted that she falsely accused Parma Heights Police Chief Steve Scharschmidt of rape.
Davis came clean about her allegations after state agents confronted her with multiple inconsistencies in her story. They also obtained cellphone records that showed Davis made Google searches that included the phrase “can you go to jail for lying about a cop raping you.”
Davis told investigators that Scharschmidt picked her up in a car while she was walking along a street and told her she owed him a favor from a previous case. She then claimed that Scharschmidt drove her back to the police station and raped her in his office.
Davis’s story started began to fall apart within days of her accusation.
Surveillance video backed up Scharschmidt’s alibi. He told investigators that he went to Yorktown Lanes the night that Davis said the assault occurred, that his mother fell down and hurt herself and that he and other family members took her to a hospital to get checked out. He spent much of the evening there.
Investigators also quickly found multiple inconsistencies in Davis’s version of the events. The car she said Scharschmidt was driving did not match the one he drove, and the sketch that she drew of his office, where she said the attack took place, was not accurate, prosecutors said.