False jail report leads to charge for woman in TBI case

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM

COOKEVILLE – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents received an indictment for a Putnam County woman accused of filing a false report of rape after a stay in the Putnam County Jail.

At the request of 13th District Attorney General Randal York, TBI Special Agents started an investigation concerning allegations of Lacee Nicole Smith, 19, on Nov. 25. Several days earlier, after Smith was released on bond for a DUI charge, agents said the Cookeville woman told her boyfriend she was raped while in the jail.

Her boyfriend subsequently reported the accusation to authorities. During the investigation, special agents reviewed the jail’s surveillance videos and determined Smith was not raped.

During an interview with investigators, Smith later admitted to fabricating the story in an attempt to gain attention from her boyfriend.

On Monday, a Putnam County grand jury returned an indictment for Smith, charging her with one count of false reporting. A TBI agent and a Putnam County deputy arrested Smith on Thursday at her Rocky Point Road home.

She was booked in at the Putnam County Jail and later released after posting $2,500 bond.

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