A Virginia woman has admitted to lying that she was raped by a sailor at the Naval Station Norfolk in 2018, and documents show it wasn’t her first time.
Miranda S. Overton, 21, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court to making a false statement to a U.S. department or agency and faces a maximum of five years in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced June 3, prosecutors said. U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller accepted the plea in the Eastern District Court of Virginia.
Overton claimed she and the active duty sailor connected via the dating app Tinder and met each other on July 1, 2018.
The next day Overton went to Bon-Secours Depaul Medical Center in Norfolk claiming she had been raped.
NCIS investigators said Overton told the sailor explicitly that she did not want to have sex with him. However, when they entered his barracks, the sailor began ripping off her clothes and threw her on a bed.
Despite her repeatedly saying “no” and instructing him to “stop,” he continued to sexually assault her.
NCIS interviewed the sailor in August, when he told them the encounter was entirely consensual.
The sailor showed the NCIS agents messages sent to him from Overton on Tinder where she expressed interest in having a threesome with him and his domestic partner.
The investigators also obtained surveillance video from the sailor’s barracks, which showed Overton and the sailor kissing in an elevator prior to entering his room the day of the alleged assault.
“Furthermore, investigators obtained Overton’s statement during her sexual assault forensic examination where she admitted that prior to meeting with alleged perpetrator they agreed to have sexual intercourse,” prosecutors said in a release.
Overton was interviewed a second time on Dec. 18, 2018, in which she initially remained steadfast to her original statement. However, when shown the Tinder messages, Overton said she was “guessing on the details,” and wasn’t “remembering things” while still maintaining she was raped.
NCIS agents then confronted Overton with a prior police report she had filed “years earlier” accusing a different man of a sexual assault.
She then confessed to lying about both accusations.
“Overton admitted that she fabricated the allegation out of fear that her significant other would end their relationship if the significant other became aware that Overton had sex with the sailor,” prosecutors said.