Rape ‘Victim’ Charged with Fraud, Received 25K from Reparation Fund
Sept. 26, 2012
ST. GEORGE — After months of investigating an alleged rape that happened on a public trail, St. George Police have charged the alleged victim with fraud and filing a false police report.
St. George Police Capt. Kyle Whitehead said the fraud charge stems from money Rutz obtained from the Utah State Crime Victims Reparation fund. Whitehead said Rutz received more than $25,000 from the fund.
Rutz was booked Tuesday into the Purgatory Correctional Facility on $12,500 bail. She has since posted bail and been released.
The saga began when police responded to a report of a sexual assault on May 2 near a bike path that runs beneath Sunset Boulevard. Whitehead said Rutz told police she was jogging south on the trail when she was attacked, knocked to the ground and raped.
Whitehead said after months of investigation and sorting through several leads, the detective assigned to the case developed some information that a rape may not have occurred. While there had been suspicion initially that Rutz may have made up the story, detectives continued to investigate the matter as if a potential attacker could still be on the loose, Whitehead said.
“We didn’t want to discount the idea that it was a legitimate attack,” he said. “Our detectives always keep an open mind.”
However, the investigation took a turn about a month ago when further evidence and reports were uncovered that indicated Rutz may have lied about the attack, Whitehead said.
“Evidence came up that we used to confront (Rutz,)” he said.
Whitehead said Rutz admitted to the detective on the case that the rape had not taken place.
According to court documents, Rutz told officers she never had sexual relations with anyone other than her husband prior to the incident. However a DNA sample was obtained from a man Rutz later admitted to meeting through the personal ads on Craigslist. The DNA matched the profile recovered following Rutz’s exam following the alleged rape.
Whitehead said investigators do not believe Rutz made up the story in an effort to get the money.