Bogus Evidence? There’s an App for That
February 28, 2011
ROCHESTER – A local woman was charged Saturday with creating a false threatening text message to get her boyfriend arrested.
Police said on Feb. 17 they met with Samantha Morrison, 31, of 5 Kirsten Ave. in Rochester, who reported her boyfriend committed a domestic violence-related criminal threatening offense against her. Morrison told police through an official statement that her boyfriend had sent her a threatening text message.
Police said they arrested the boyfriend on Feb. 18 on a charge of domestic violence criminal threatening, based on the interview and a review of the text message. In addition, Morrison obtained a domestic violence restraining order from Dover Family Court following the incident. The boyfriend was released after bail was posted, police said.
After the arrest, police uncovered additional information and obtained a search warrant to examine data on Morrison’s phone.
During the follow-up investigation, police ascertained Morrison used a software program on her cell phone to fabricate a fake threatening text message on her phone, which led to her boyfriend’s arrest.
Police said the program would make a text appear as if it was sent from another person and lets the user to customize text content and sender information.
Morrison was charged Saturday with giving false reports to law enforcement and falsifying physical evidence for providing the fake text as evidence, police said, adding that the charge against the boyfriend will not be prosecuted by the Strafford County Attorney’s office.
The restraining order also has been vacated, police said.
Morris was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and will appear in court to face the charges on March 21.