A North Hall woman was charged Wednesday with falsely reporting she had been raped and stabbed in her home.
Jillian Shea Moore, 24, is accused of false report of a crime, a misdemeanor, and making a false statement, a felony. She is free on $6,000 bail from the Hall County Jail, according to a Hall County Sheriff’s Office press release.
The charges stem from a July 31 incident at Moore’s home in the 5700 block of Avalon Commons Way, southwest of Clermont.
The sheriff’s office responded just after 9 a.m. concerning a report of a sexual assault.
When deputies and investigators arrived, they found Moore had a minor stab wound to her abdomen. She told authorities she had been raped and stabbed by a masked black male in her home, who then stole jewelry items and fled.
She was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and treated for an injury that wasn’t life-threatening.
The sheriff’s office, along with Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents, began an investigation.
They later determined “Moore was not the victim of a crime and that her stab wound is consistent with being self-inflicted,” the release states.
The sheriff’s office said the case drew considerable attention in North Hall, with some residents frustrated “over what they perceived as a lack of information about the case.”
In a prepared statement, Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said: “It’s important to understand that we walk a very fine line in cases like this. On one hand we have to ensure that we’re protecting a person presumed to be the victim of a terrible crime by pursuing all leads and seeking to bring the perpetrator to justice, while ensuring the safety of the community at large.
“On the other hand, if the facts lead us to believe that the case is unfounded, we have to properly establish that while reassuring citizens that their community is safe. Until all the facts were known in this case, we simply could not lean too heavily in one direction or the other.
“To do so would have been either a terrible injustice to the presumed victim or created an even greater alarm in the community.”
Couch went on to say that “this has been an unfortunate situation for (Moore) and her family, as well as the local residents, and it’s our hope that we will all soon be able to move forward as a community.”
Moore’s family released this statement through Gainesville attorney Graham McKinnon: “The events of the past few weeks have been extremely painful for our family. We stand by Jillian with love and prayers and we ask the community to provide the same support for our family.”
“Clearly this is a tragedy,” McKinnon said.
He added that “from what we’ve seen, it appears that Jillian had a bad reaction to some prescription medicine she was taking, and she is now actively seeking the help she needs” at an inpatient mental rehabilitation facility.