May 11, 1982: Around 2.30am, police in Rhode Island respond to a call from Patricia Clelan of Middletown who says her car was stolen by two men, who had also raped her. There is no mention of a rape kit, and shortly no mention of a rape, because later in the day she speaks to Police Chief Robert Gibson and tells him she wants to drop the charges: no crime had been committed, per se. Except the crime of false reporting, and when she appears in court a few days hence she is given a summary punishment by Judge Anthony J. Dennis.

According to NewsBank, the report below appeared in The Providence Journal, EAST BAY EDITION, May 19, 1982, page C-03.


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