Columbia County woman accused of lying about rape

WNYT Staff
Created: March 26, 2021 08:23 PM

A Columbia County woman is accused of lying about being raped, and instead  is facing rape charges herself.

Sheriff's deputies say 59-year-old Dawn Budelman told them that on February 28, a man entered her home and raped her.

Investigators found that a forcible rape did not occur and that Budelman had consented to a sexual act with a minor under the age of 17.

She's charged with falsely reporting an incident, and rape in the 3rd degree.

The sheriff's office tells NewsChannel 13 she and the victim knew each other.

Budelman was released on her own recognizance and is due back in court on May 3.

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