Police in Washington state have arrested a man after he allegedly attacked a woman he accused of falsely accusing him of raping her.
In August, the woman told police that her former partner had raped her in December 2012.
He denied the allegations, but a rape kit was taken and DNA evidence matched the DNA of semen found in her clothing.
The woman reported the assault to police after she received a letter from a local newspaper alleging the man had raped and sexually assaulted her.
A detective interviewed the woman in person and later asked her to fill out a police report.
The detective said the woman’s description of the man was consistent with the rapist, but she had no physical evidence to support her claims.
The police department released the report in a statement on Wednesday.
The detective said he found the woman had lied about the incident, and the woman was charged with first-degree sexual assault.
The Washington State Patrol says the detective interviewed witnesses who corroborated the woman saying she had lied.
The police department says they interviewed the man again, this time under oath.
Police said the detective provided the woman with information about his mental health, including his history of substance abuse.