Matewan woman arrested for reporting false emergency
by PAMELA SCOTT JOHNSON Staff Writer
WILLIAMSON — A trooper with the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) arrested a Matewan woman after she allegedly provided false information to law enforcement, claiming to have been forced to engage in sexual intercourse at gunpoint and also robbed of several hundred dollars. The statement was later recanted, resulting in her arrest.
Kaylann Marhae Prater, 21, of North Matewan, was taken into custody by WVSP Trooper D.L. Contos on charges of falsely reporting an emergency, providing false information to a trooper and driving on a suspended license. According to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, the defendant reported to Mingo County 911 dispatchers that on Feb. 15th of this year, she was forced to engage in a sexual act with a male subject who held her at gunpoint and then proceeded to rob her of several hundred dollars at the Fairview Cemetery in West Williamson.
Upon speaking with the defendant at a later date, Trooper Contos, along with Trooper D.M. Williamson, received an alleged admission from Prater that she had in fact, not been forced to have sex or held by gunpoint, but instead, had made an arrangement to have sexual intercourse with an unidentified male in exchange for money. After performing the act, the defendant claims the male refused to pay her. Prater was also discovered to be operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license.
Prater was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Dee Sidebottom who set bail at $1,100. The defendant was released after meeting her bond requirements and will be appearing for a preliminary hearing in the near future.
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