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Woman accuses service member of rape. Now she’s the one facing jail time after admitting she made up the story to avoid getting caught cheating

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A Virginia woman reportedly accused an Navy sailor of rape just to avoid being caught in a cheating scandal — but she's the one facing jail time now.

What are the details?

Twenty-one year-old Miranda Overton and an unidentified soldier engaged in a sexual relationship in 2018.

To avoid the shame of having her significant other discover the affair, the woman insisted that the sailor raped her.

In 2018, Overton, of Chesapeake, Virginia, claimed that the soldier sexually assaulted her and sodomized her at Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia. The soldier, however, said that he met the woman on an online dating app and engaged in consensual sex with her.

Navy investigators were able to obtain surveillance footage of the evening, which showed the woman and the soldier kissing in an elevator before the alleged rape. Investigators also uncovered a forensic exam in which Overton said she told the soldier during previous online conversations that she wanted to have sex with him.

She later admitted that she falsely accused the soldier because she was concerned that her significant other would break up with her for cheating, and said that she had made another false accusation of sexual assault in the past.

Overton pleaded guilty earlier in February to falsely claiming that the soldier raped her.

She faces up to five years in prison if convicted on a single count of making a false statement to a department or agency of the United States, a statement from the Department of Justice revealed.

The statement added, "Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors."

She is set to be sentenced on June 3.

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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