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Chesapeake woman pleads guilty to false sexual assault accusations

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Posted at 5:00 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 17:00:40-05

NORFOLK, Va. - A Chesapeake woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to false accusations of an alleged sexual assault incident at Naval Station Norfolk.

According to court documents, 21-year-old Miranda S. Overton reported to Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigators that an active duty Navy sailor allegedly sexually assaulted her.

The Navy sailor was interviewed in which he explained that the incident was consensual after they met through a dating app, according to officials.

Detectives obtained surveillance footage of Overton and the sailor in the elevator sharing a kiss before the alleged incident.

Overton confessed to investigators that she and the sailor agreed to have sexual relations before meeting up and she then admitted her allegation was false, documents report.

According to court documents, Overton claims she fabricated the story out of fear that her significant other would end their relationship if the person found out Overton cheated.

Overton pleaded guilty to making a false statement to a department of the United States and faces a maximum penalty of five years, officials say.

Overton is set for sentencing on June 3.