A 20-year-old woman who falsely claimed she was raped by three men because she regretted having sex with them has been jailed for two years.
Rosie Dodd, of Nottingham, claimed the men, who were aged 21, 23 and 25, assaulted her at a home in Clifton, Nottinghamshire, in the early hours of a Saturday in June.
The trio were arrested after Dodd claimed they had all raped her after she met them on a night out in the city – and they spent a total of nearly 50 hours in police custody before being released on bail.
The men maintained Dodd had willingly had sex with them – and police became suspicious after carrying out further inquiries, challenging Dodd about her account.
Dodd then admitted she had made up the rape claims because she regretted having consensual sex with the trio, Nottingham Crown Court was told today.
Detective Constable Gina Farrell led the investigation for Nottinghamshire Police and slammed Dodd after the hearing for never showing ‘an ounce of remorse’ for what she put the men through.
She said: ‘We take every report of rape and sexual assault extremely seriously, just as we did in this case. But it soon became apparent that there were inconsistencies with Dodd’s account.
‘The three men accused of rape were quite badly affected by the damaging accusations and Dodd has never shown an ounce of remorse for what she put them through.’
DC Farrell added that time the force’s specially-trained officers spent with Dodd could have been given to someone who ‘really needed our help’.
Detective Inspector Stephen Waldram, head of the force’s rape investigation team, stated after the hearing that there was ‘no justification’ for Dodd’s lies and anyone doing the same ‘will be exposed’.
‘The three men accused of rape were quite badly affected by the damaging accusations and Dodd has never shown an ounce of remorse for what she put them through’
Detective Constable Gina Farrell
He said: ‘People lie that they’ve been raped for a multitude of reasons – like having regrets about having sex with a person, or as a way of getting back at someone.
‘There is no justification for lying about something so serious and incredibly damaging and police actively investigate a false claim just as thoroughly as a genuine one to ensure innocent people are not convicted for something they didn’t do.
‘It’s important to stress that anyone who contacts us to say they have been assaulted will be treated with the sensitivity and respect they deserve.’
Dodd was jailed for two years after previously pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice.