Nacogdoches PD: SFA student's claim that she was kidnapped was 'fabricated'

Melrina Stemn (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Melrina Stemn (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - When Nacogdoches Police investigators looked into a Stephen F. Austin State University student's report that she had been kidnapped from Starr Ave. driven to another location, and touched in an inappropriate manner, they found it to be a bogus claim.

As a result of the investigation, Melrina Jessica Stemn, 23, of Nacogdoches, was picked up Tuesday on an arrest warrant for making a false report to a police officer, which is a Class B misdemeanor. She was taken to the Nacogdoches County Jail. She posted bail and was released later that day.

"Stemn reported last week that she was kidnapped in the 1300 block of East Starr Avenue by a black male suspect," a press release from the Nacogdoches Police Department stated. "After investigating this report for over a week, NPD detectives determined that this report was fabricated."

According to the arrest affidavit, an NPD officer met with Stemn at the SFASU Police Department on Oct. 2 in regard to a report of "aggravated kidnapping and sexual abuse." She told the officer that the night before she had been walking in the 1400 block of East Starr Ave when a male approached her in a vehicle and asked her if she needed a ride.

Stemn told police that when she said no, the man displayed a handgun and she got into the vehicle. The woman told police that the man drove her to another location and sexually assaulted her, according to the affidavit.

Sgt. Greg Sowell, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department, said the incident was never investigated as a sexual assault. He said Stemn told police that the man touched her inappropriately. Sowell said if the investigation had revealed that Stemn's claim was true, it would have resulted in a simple assault charge.

Later, the NPD's Criminal Investigation Division was assigned to the case.

"During the investigation, it appeared that Stemn was being untruthful due to several inconsistencies and a lack of physical evidence," the affidavit stated.

NPD investigators interviewed Stemn again on Monday. This time, she admitted to providing a false report to a peace officer to "get attention" and because she was mad at a man who would not provide her with transportation on the night she claimed she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted, the affidavit stated.

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