BLACKBRIDGE, England — A Blackburn mother has been charged with making false claims about being raped by a man who then posted pictures of his genitals on a website.
The 24-year-old, who is from Wales, faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison if convicted.
Police said the woman, whose identity has not been disclosed, used a fake Twitter account and social media to post the false claims, which were then shared widely on social media.
Her Twitter profile said she is a “counseling” specialist who is also a volunteer for the London Rape Crisis Centre.
She is also the director of the Blackburn Rape Crisis Support Centre and has been a member of the Women’s Crisis Team since August.
A spokesman for the Blackrock Rape Crisis Services said she was in a “full-time capacity” at the centre and was not working.
In a statement, Blackburn Police said the women had no record of having committed a crime, nor had they received a sexual assault report, but police said they were “looking into the matter further.”
The Blackburn Daily Post reported that the woman has since been banned from social media platforms.
On Wednesday, Blackpool Council said it was “deeply disappointed” that the incident had happened.
“The council will now look at how best we can work with the police to prevent this from happening again,” it said.
An investigation into the woman’s actions is being conducted by the Met’s Professional Standards Division.