SOUTH JORDAN — A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a man who claimed to be a door-to-door salesman Sunday made up the incident, according to police.
South Jordan police said surveillance video footage from the home on Blackshear Drive did not show anyone leaving or arriving at the time the woman said she was assaulted.
The woman had told police she turned a salesman away, after which he came through the home’s back door and assaulted her sometime between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.
“I’m very confident in saying that the salesperson didn’t come to the house on the front door or down the driveway. We know that for certain because the video shows it. We have her leaving the home, we have her returning to the home. We have our officers showing up at the home and nobody in between that time,” said South Jordan Police Lt. Matt Pennington.
Police said the woman confessed to making up the story on Tuesday when detectives went back to the home.
The woman’s story quickly spread on social media, police said, and caused concern within the community.
“We don’t want to create unnecessary fear in the community. In this case, somebody else put it out and so we want to make sure the community now knows we’ve disproven that there wasn’t a salesperson at the house that day. We do get salespeople around the community, very rarely do we have issues with them,” Pennington added.
South Jordan Police said they spent hours and resources investigating the claim. They will give information about the incident to prosecutors and the woman could face charges, according to police.