Woman admits incorrect report that led to story
By 09/07/2000 00:00:00
Ellis County Press
FERRIS — Alisha Hunter, 20, told the Ellis County Press Aug. 27 a report she made to the Ellis County Sheriff's Office Aug. 11 contained inaccurate information.
This information was published as a news brief in the Aug. 24 edition and detailed Hunter's allegations as given in the document. Hunter alleged she was invited to a Ferris residence and assaulted upon her arrival by Marcus Watson, Tina Munoz and an unnamed third person.
Hunter told the Ellis County Press she was confused at the time of the police report because of her state of mind and wished to publicly correct her error. She said Watson did not assault her, and actually intervened in an attempt to control the participants in the scrape. No charges have been filed in connection with the incident.
Chief Deputy Charles Sullins told the Ellis County Press the Ellis County Sheriff's Office tries to take a common sense approach to false reports and reviews each situation case by case. Sullins discussed this topic for the purpose of education only and did not refer to any specific case.
Sullins, a 32-year veteran in law enforcement, said 'I encourage citizens needing assistance to call on law enforcement freely. All complainants and witnesses should try to be as accurate as possible with their statements, yet no one should overly fear making unintended errors. Also, people often see things from their own point of view.
'But the misuse of a police report can be a serious matter. False reports can be time consuming and expensive to the county.
'Individuals sometimes give false reports for the purpose of retaliation, which can bring additional charges.'
False police reports are classified as a Class B misdemeanor, and are subject to a fine up to $2,000, a jail sentence up to 180 days, or both.
Editor's note -- Anyone who does a wrongful act is usually held responsible regardless of that person's 'state of mind.'