Woman jailed after lying about being raped on college campus

Jun 25, 2018
05:35 A.M.
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21-year-old Mary Zolkowski was sentenced to 45 days in prison after she pleaded guilty to lying about being sexually assaulted and raped in a parking lot at Delta College in Bay County.


According to MLive, Judge Joseph Sheeran refused to give Zolkowski any credit for previous time served and also ordered her to receive a mental health assessment.

Following her jail term, Zolkowski will also be on probation for two years. In case she violates her probation, she will also be subject to additional 220 days in prison.

She will also have to be tested for drugs and alcohol and get counseling for substance abuse.

Zolkowski admitted to fabricating the story about the rape in March. She reportedly told the judge, "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."


She earlier alleged unnamed suspects of raping her in a back parking lot at Delta College. She confessed before the judge that she was "assaulted previously, not at Delta's campus," and "was ashamed of the circumstances of that."


Zolkowski's earlier accounts of the alleged sexual assault were also found to be contradictory. She reported at the time that a man grabbed her from behind and raped her while holding her face and throat so she could not see his face.

She also refused to get physical examination after the alleged incident.


However, during the second meeting with the investigators, she reportedly said that she was actually raped at an apartment. She also told that the suspect was an acquaintance. Zolkowski explained that she did not want to press charges because of the same reason.

She changed her story yet again when she sat with the investigators for the third time. She finally pleaded guilty to making a false report of a felony. She was handed up to four years in prison and a $2,000 fine.