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Officers determine sexual assault reported over the summer did not occur

After an investigation by Hastings police, it appears as though the criminal sexual assault that reportedly occurred in Hastings over the summer did not occur.

On July 20, a resident reported to police that she was sexually assaulted near Lions Park. The woman went to a nearby business to report the assault, and officers responded. They blocked off the area and did a search for any evidence of the crime.

The victim was not able to provide any description of the attacker, and wasn’t able to tell them where the assault took place.

“Officers thoroughly looked at everything,” said Lt. Jim Rgnonti of the Hastings Police Department. “We don’t believe anything happened. We don’t have any evidence.”

At the time, the case drew a lot of calls into the police department as people were worried about using the trails and the park.

It appears now, though, that the alleged victim in the case fabricated the attack.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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