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Woman confesses to lying about sexual assault at Naval Station Norfolk

A woman confessed that she lied to investigators about being sexually assaulted by an active duty Navy sailor.
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NORFOLK, Va. — A woman pleaded guilty to lying about an alleged sexual assault incident at Naval Station Norfolk.

Miranda Overton, 21, reported to Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigators in July 2018 that an active duty Navy sailor sexually assaulted her.

When investigators interviewed the sailor, he said that he and Overton had consensual sex after they met on an online dating app. 

Authorities obtained surveillance video of Overton and the sailor kissing in an elevator right before the alleged assault. They also found that during Overton's sexual assault examination, she said that she and the sailor agreed to have intercourse. 

Overton was interviewed a second time where she admitted she made a false allegation and confessed that she lied because she was afraid that her encounter with the sailor would jeopardize another relationship.

Overton pleaded guilty to making a false statement or representation made to a department or agency of the United States. She faces up to five years in prison and will be sentenced on June 3.