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Augusta Hotel Rape was Made Up: Employee Charged with False Report of a Crime


The Augusta hotel employee who reported being assaulted by a guest has been charged with making up the story.

Here is the release from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office:

“On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 8:56 am, Richmond County Deputies responded to the Country Inn and Suites located at 103 Sherwood Drive in reference to a welfare check. Upon their arrival, they met with the owner/manager of the business who requested their assistance in removing an individual who had allegedly being staying in the room without paying.  Deputies had to force entry into the room due to the door being latched/locked from the inside.  Upon entering they located a female, later identified as Keyanna Franklin, inside the room. Franklin was the only person located inside the room.  Franklin is an employee with the business and she reported to deputies that she was assaulted by a guest in the room and held against her will in the room overnight.

Investigators responded to the scene and reviewed evidence found in the room as well as surveillance video that is located throughout the property and immediately noted several inconsistencies in what was reported to them.

After a thorough and complete investigation of all facts and evidence, Keyanna Franklin has been charged with (1) count of False Report of a Crime. She was committed to the Charles B. Webster Detention Center. More charges may be pending.

Media reports began appearing on social media listing inaccurate details of what had occurred without being confirmed or released by this agency.  Our agency could not release information at the time due to it being an active investigation and for the integrity of the case.  We appreciate the media outlets who did not report on this incident until the facts and evidence were investigated.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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