False Rape Claims ‘Diabolical,’ Judge Says
January 17, 2014
PORT HURON — Sara Ylen will serve a minimum of five years in prison after falsely accusing two men of raping her and then using makeup to create the appearance of bruising to corroborate her story.
“This is a tormented and disturbed woman who will go to extraordinary lengths to wreak havoc upon other individuals, potentially subjecting them to life imprisonment in order to gain sympathy and notoriety for herself,” said St. Clair County Circuit Judge Daniel Kelly.
Kelly sentenced the 38-year-old Lexington woman Friday to two to four years for filing a false felony report and three to 10 years for tampering with evidence to run consecutively.
During her sentencing, Ylen sat quietly in orange clothing, wearing shackles around her wrists and ankles. She declined to give a statement.
“I feel that this was justice in its best form,” said Suzette Samuels, Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney.
Kelly departed from Michigan sentencing guidelines — which recommended a year in the county jail — opting for a longer sentence due to the “totality of the facts.”
“Given the facts of this case, such a sentence would be a grave miscarriage of justice,” Kelly said.
“Nothing in the guidelines gives adequate weight to the diabolical nature, the methodical orchestrations, or the callousness of her treachery.”
After deliberating for less than 30 minutes, a jury found Ylen guilty on all counts Dec. 5.
During her three-day trial, witnesses testified that Ylen went to police some days after the alleged rape, claiming she had been sexually assaulted by two men at her Lexington home.
But both men testified they were at work at the time of the alleged assault.
Police said Ylen had the appearance of heavy bruising on her face, as well as lacerations on her arms and legs. When deputies took Ylen to a doctor after her report, the bruises wiped off with a bit of gauze.
“She was willing to go so far as to self-inflict wounds to corroborate her falsehoods, to carve into her forearm the word ‘slut’,” Kelly said.