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UC Santa Barbara Student Given Three Years Probation for Lying About Being Raped

| by Amanda Schallert

A University of California Santa Barbara student was sentenced on Thursday to three years probation for filing a false rape report.

Morgan Triplett, 21, called 911 in February, while she was visiting UC Santa Cruz, and claimed a stranger had sexually assaulted and beaten her, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

After police investigated her case, they found that Triplett had fabricated the claim, though it is unclear why she did it. 

In March, Triplett pleaded not guilty to lying about the rape. But police said she had orchestrated the crime by placing an ad on Craigslist asking for a man to beat her and then sexually assault her, according to the Huffington Post.

In another ad she posted, Triplett asked for someone to shoot her with a small bullet in her arm or shoulder. 

Triplett pleaded no contest to the charge of giving the police false information. In addition to her probation time, she was sentenced to 200 hours of community service, 60 days in a work-release program and 60 days of therapy.

Triplett, a sociology student, must also write a letter of apology to the university.

Sources: San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post