October 30, 2006

False charge of antisemitism?

And it's not by Engage this time! It was student in America. This is from the Union Leader:
A reported anti-Semitic hate crime at the University of New Hampshire earlier this month never happened and the student who reported it has been arrested and charged with lying to authorities, police said yesterday.

Breanne Coventry Snell, 24, of Midlothian, Va., is charged with two counts of giving false information to police and one count of unsworn falsification. Each charge is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison.

Earlier this month, Snell reported to police that she had been attacked near the Whittemore Center around 6 p.m. on Oct. 3 after leaving a meeting for Hillel, a Jewish student organization. She told police two men shoved her up against a fence and used a number of anti-Semitic slurs related to Nazism.

"It didn't happen," UNH Police Chief Nicholas Halias said yesterday.

Snell was arrested around noon yesterday at the UNH police station after officers called her in. She has since been released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail.
Here's the report that appeared when the allegedly bogus complaint was made:
A University of New Hampshire student was reportedly assaulted earlier this month in what may have been a hate crime.

The student, whom police did not identify, had just left a meeting for the Jewish student group Hillel around 6 p.m. Oct. 3 when two men grabbed her near the Whittemore Center, shoved her against a fence and made derogatory comments about Jews related to Nazism, said UNH Deputy Police Chief Paul Dean.

Police are investigating and do have two suspects, though Dean would not name them and no one has been charged. Right now the incident is considered a simple assault punishable by up to a year in prison, but if it is proven that the assault was racially motivated it could be deemed a hate crime and the penalty increased to two to five years in prison.
Engage are investigating a possible breach of their copyright.

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