KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee prosecutor said Tuesday he isn't ready to drop a kidnapping and rape case just because the Georgia victim, apparently rescued by a 911 call from a pizza deliveryman, lied about being assaulted in the past.
'The fact she may have some things in her background does not mean that the allegations she has made are not true,' said District Attorney Jimmy Dunn, who plans to meet with investigators next week and possibly the victim to 'see if we have a case to proceed on.'
Georgia authorities confirmed Tuesday that the 24-year-old victim pleaded guilty to making false claims about being kidnapped and raped in 2005 in Cherokee County and being stabbed in 2006 in Fannin County. Those reports were first published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Cherokee County Sheriff's Maj. Ron Hunton said she received probation both times. He said she also reported an attack in 2004 in Henry County, but authorities did not pursue charges. She used a different name in Georgia, but Hunton sent Tennessee authorities a police mug shot to confirm her identity.
The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.
'Just because someone files a false police report, it certainly does not mean they cannot be a victim of a crime,' Hunton said. 'But a detective or investigator would be foolish to ignore her history.'
The victim - a model and actress - did not immediately respond Tuesday to a phone message and e-mails for comment. Her Jackson, La., talent agent, Larry Thomas, said he last talked to her a few days before the attack.
'It is just a tragedy that it happened,' Thomas said. 'I wish I could tell you something, but I don't know anything. She is a sweet kid, a really sweet kid. A great personality.'
Sevier County deputies arrested David Jansen, 46, of Snellville on May 26 in a remote rental cabin in the Smoky Mountains. The woman told police she was raped there after being kidnapped that morning from her Atlanta neighborhood while jogging.
She told police that Jansen, an acquaintance, lured her into his car, tied her up and drove 200 miles to the Smokies.
Delivering a pizza to the cabin that night, deliveryman Chris Turner spotted a woman with bound hands on a couch mouthing the words, 'Please call 911.' He raced to a house down the hill and called authorities.
Jansen was arrested without a struggle and charged with aggravated kidnapping and rape. He was released two days later on a $800,000 cash bond delivered by his Knoxville attorney, Don Bosch.
The software engineer, whose wife of 24 years reportedly filed for divorce Friday, faces a July 17 court appearance.
'We have been aware of these past charges and convictions of (the victim) and a number of other highly unusual facts surrounding these allegations for several days,' Bosch said in a statement. 'We are preparing a motion ... that will address this and a number of relevant issues related to our client's status and innocence.'
Jansen told police that he and the victim 'were on a romantic getaway from their spouses, and (the victim) found bondage arousing,' according to a police report released Tuesday. 'He said she had asked to be tied up, and the entire ordeal was part of a plan they had talked about prior, as consenting adults.'
Turner told the AP last week that the victim came to the pizza shop to thank him, and told him she was convinced Jansen would kill her.
The police report said deputies found her under a blanket on the couch. Nylon rope was wrapped tightly around her hands and feet. Her torn clothes were found in a bathroom and on a bed, along with more rope.
She was drowsy and apparently had been drugged, the report said. Her face and side were scraped. She was treated and released from a hospital.