Making False Statements to Federal Officer — Woman Lied to Federal Authorities
RESULTS | No charges filed
A woman took in a girl and man who were traveling together. The woman did not know this, but the girl was a minor who was being victimized by the man who was acting as her “pimp.” The girl had told the woman that she had left an abusive home and was on the run to stay safe. When authorities investigating whether the girl was a victim of sex trafficking came to speak to the woman, she lied to authorities and claimed she had not had contact with the girl. The defense showed prosecutors that the woman believed she was protecting the girl and that she was especially vulnerable because of her own history of abuse and a head injury which had affected her decision-making ability. Based on this information, the prosecutors declined to press charges against the woman for making a false statement.