Trial next for woman accused of false rape report

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A woman accused of filing a false report of rape and tampering with evidence is going to trial in St. Clair County.

Sara Ylen (WHY’-lin) is charged with lying about a sexual assault at her Lexington home last year and using makeup to create what looked like bruises. Trial is scheduled to start Tuesday in Port Huron.

In a different case in Sanilac County, Ylen is charged with fraud. She’s accused of deceiving a hospice service and many supporters into believing she had cancer. Fundraisers were held for Ylen.

Ylen is well-known in Michigan’s Thumb because she talked publicly about being a rape victim after a jury in 2003 convicted a man of sexually assaulting her. James Grissom served about a decade in prison before his conviction was overturned.

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