Posted: Wednesday, August 21st 2013 at 12:54pm
Woman charged with false report of crime in north Hall stabbing case
Statement from Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch: “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. The most important point is that we ensure our investigation is thorough, accurate, and objective. In this case the evidence indicates that Jillian Moore’s allegations are false, so it now becomes our legal obligation to hold her accountable for that. This has been an unfortunate situation for her 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.”
GAINESVILLE - The Clermont woman who reported that she was assaulted in her home on July 31 has been arrested for making a false report of a crime.
Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch issued a statement, saying that an investigation revealed that Jillian Moore was not the victim of a crime and that a stab wound allegedly suffered in the attack was likely self-inflicted.
Initially, Moore told Hall County investigators that she was raped and stabbed in her home on Avalon Commons Way by a black man wearing a mask. Investigators said Moore told them the alleged suspect fled with jewelry after the attack. She was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment of the stab wound after the alleged assault.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist Hall County authorities with the investigation.
The Hall County Sheriff's Office acknowledged that the reported attack caused a great deal of concern in the north Hall area and that a number of residents had expressed frustration that they had not received enough information in the case.
The 24-year-old Moore is free on $6,000 bond, according to the sheriff's office.
The case will remain under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff's Office, Criminal Investigation Division.
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