TV Meteorologist Charged With Faking Rape Report

Police say Heidi Jones made up Central Park attack
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2010 2:21 PM CST
Heidi Jones is seen on TV in this YouTube screenshot.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – New York City weather girl Heidi Jones has been arrested on charges that she made up a rape she reported to police. Jones, an occasional Good Morning America fill-in, told police on Nov. 24 that a pair of Hispanic men had jumped and raped her while she was jogging through Central Park, according to the New York Post. Police thought it was odd that Jones had waited so long to report the incident.

When a lengthy investigation didn’t turn up any evidence to support Jones’ story, they talked to her again, and noticed some discrepancies in her accounts. When they confronted her, police say she admitted to inventing the whole story. She said she was looking for sympathy after an unrelated, and undisclosed, problem in her personal life. Now she faces up to a year in jail, and has been suspended by her station, WABC. Sources say she will be fired.

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