Monday, Mar 10, 2014
DeSoto Woman Faces Trial Over False Kidnapping Claims
JOHNSON COUNTY -- A DeSoto woman charged with two felony counts of disorderly conduct appeared in Johnson County court on Wednesday.
Joyce Gibbs is accused of lying to police. She claimed she was kidnapped at gunpoint near Ferne Clyffe State Park, but those claims were brought to question in court.
In October, state police were called to Ferne Clyffe State Park after reports of a woman being abducted at gunpoint and then sexually assaulted.
On Wednesday, an Illinois State Police officer, assigned to the case, testified against those claims.
According to the investigator, in Gibb's initial interview, she claimed to have been kidnapped at the Phillips 66 gas station in Herrin and then taken to Ferne Clyffe.
Video survelliance, obtained by investigators, shows no signs of an abductor.
The state's attorney says if Gibb's knowingly lied to officers about the case she could face serious time.
"She has two counts of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, one to the Johnson County 911 and once to a state trooper," said Johnson County state's attorney Tambra Cain.
When police initially found Gibbs at Ferne Clyffe she was taken to Heartland Regional where she was treated for bruises and a head injury. A rape kit was also taken but the results have not been completed.
A trial by jury will take place on March 17th.
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