A woman was ordered to serve 45 days in jail on Monday for lying about being raped in Delta College’s parking lot in Bay County, Michigan.
21-year-old Mary Zolkowski claimed she was attacked in February 2017 at her college and said a Black man grabbed her from the back before entering her car, WNEM reported.
Investigators then noticed the woman’s story changed to when she claimed to have been sexually assaulted by an acquaintance at his home earlier the same day. Officers interviewed the man who said he and Zolkowski did have sex, but it was strictly consensual. He provided authorities with text messages from Zolkowski, who wrote that she’d been raped by a stranger at Walmart after she’d left.
The woman told Bay County Circuit Judge Joseph K. Sheeran in March, “I called Delta College and falsely reported the rape on their campus… My mother made the initial call and I took the phone and continued to report.”
Zolkowski alleged she’d been sexually assaulted previously and was “ashamed of circumstances of that, when my mother called, I vented through Delta, which was very wrong of me.”
The woman’s attorney James F. Piazza said his client was diagnosed with bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorder, M Live reported. “She has been and will continue to be on psychotropic medication related to her illness,” the lawyer stated to the judge.
Zolkowski plead guilty to one charge of false report of a felony and will serve her 45 day sentence in Bay County. If she violates her two-year probation she’ll be forced to serve an additional 220 days. The judge also forced Zolkowski to undergo a psych assessment.