Woman charged after falsely reporting boyfriend molested child

Published 4:22 pm Friday, July 12, 2019

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland woman lied to investigators when she reported that her boyfriend molested her daughter, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. She later confessed that she did so because she was angry with him.

The Sheriff’s Office charged Lori Diane Kyles Ferguson, 41, of the 300 block of Academy Street, with misdemeanor making a false report to a police station. She was held in the Rowan County jail under a $6,500 secured bond, part of which relates to a felony larceny charge.

Authorities said on July 2, Ferguson told patrol deputies that she walked in as her boyfriend was molesting her daughter while he was changing the child’s diaper.

The case was assigned to the agency’s Criminal Investigations Division. Ferguson repeated the allegation that her boyfriend was caught molesting the year-old girl.

But detectives determined that no sexual assault occurred. Ferguson later confessed that she made the story up as retaliation against her boyfriend because he made her angry.