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Police probe second false report of rape in a week

From staff reports

For the second time in a week, Coeur d’Alene Police have investigated a false rape report.

On Sunday, a 23-year-old Coeur d’Alene woman reported to police that a man she met at a bar and invited home had raped her after she changed her mind about having sex with him. In a follow-up interview, she said she made up the report because she was “really hurt and mad at him and wanted to try to get him into some really big trouble,” according to a Coeur d’Alene Police press release.

The woman, Rebecca Bendocchi, has been cited for filing a false report and charged with making harassing phone calls. Bendocchi allegedly made repeated calls to the man she named as a suspect in her rape report.

Last week, a woman reported that she had been raped at Tubbs Hill in late March. In a subsequent interview, she admitted that she had made the story up, police said.

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