Woman falsely accuses PBSO deputy of rape


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    A woman arrested for shoplifting falsely accused a Palm County Sheriff's Office deputy of rape earlier this year, authorities say.

    According to the arrest report, 23-year-old Marley Barberian is now facing charges of a false report of sexual battery,a false report of crime and perjury (not in an official proceeding.)

    Barberian, who was in county jail after being arrested at a Target for shoplifting, told an intake nurse that a PBSO deputy sexually battered her while bringing her in to the jail. In a sworn statement with a detective, she claimed the deputy raped her anally after they left the Greenacres Police Department.

    She said he pulled her pants down and raped her on the side of the road after he pulled over to complete some paperwork he got from the police department, the arrest report notes.She then told authorities the deputy who raped her drove her and dropped her off at the jail. She also accused the deputy of groping her earlier in a patdown during her arrest at the Target.

    The woman, according to the report, described the deputy as being a big white male, bald or with little hair, and green eyes. She also claimed he put her gun in her mouth "because that probably turned him on."

    However, after investigating her statement, authorities found holes in her story. One male deputy said the accused deputy did not touch Barberian inappropriately, and that a female deputy actually patted her down. He also told authorities that the accused deputy only drove her to the Greenacres police station, and then a female deputy took her to the Palm Beach County jail.

    Investigators also looked at the in-car video and learned that there were no stops from the time the accused deputy drove Barberian from the Target to the Greenacres Police Department. Other surveillance video showed a female deputy escorting her into the jail and booking her there, the arrest report says.

    The sheriff's office found probable cause to arrest Barberian and charge her for making the false accusation.

    Barberian remains at the Palm Beach County Jail on $3,000 bond.

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