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Student Who Claimed Rape at UC Santa Cruz Paid Man to Beat Her

UC Santa Barbara Morgan Triplett, 20, claimed she was violently raped at UC Santa Cruz while visiting the campus for a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender academic conference. News of the rape provoked fear across the campus. But police now say they believe Triplett staged the rape by hiring a man on Craigslist to beat her. She paid him with sex:

Triplett took out two ads on Craigslist, one asking for someone to shoot her in the shoulder and the other asking to be beaten in return for sex. “No charges would be filed,” the ads said, according to Schonfield.

UCSC police found the ads during an intensive investigation that started President’s Day weekend, when the rape report terrified the campus. Schoenfeld has asked for reimbursement of the police costs as part of the sentence, if Triplett is convicted…

“Several people responded to the ad,” [Assistant District Attorney Johanna] Schonfield said.

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