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Woman Accused of Making False Report of Child Sexual Abuse

Sunday, January 13, 2019 @ 12:01 AM

Posted by Joanne Bauer

arrestedVENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – A 30-year-old woman is facing a second-degree misdemeanor charge after she allegedly made a false report of child sexual abuse in Venango County.

According to court documents, the Oil City Police Department filed the following criminal charge against 30-year-old Leanne M. Watson, of Sharon, in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office on January 7:

– False Reports of Child Abuse, Misdemeanor 2

The charge stems from an investigation into the report of the sexual abuse of a child.

According to a criminal complaint, through the investigation, Officer McDivitt, of the Oil City Police Department, found the allegation to be false.

Furthermore, Officer McDivitt conducted an interview with Leanne Watson in which she denied making such an accusation of child abuse.

Officer McDivitt made contact with persons of “child line,” and they provided a telephone number of the person who made the initial accusation. The number was found to belong to Leanne M. Watson, which was confirmed via the Visual Alert Records System at the Oil City Police Department, the complaint states.

A preliminary hearing for Watson is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on February 13 in front of Judge Fish.

A certified summons was issued on January 7.

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