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A woman was charged with a misdemeanor after filing a fake assault charge against her husband because he was allegedly cheating on her, according to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Faye Rocha, 19, of Racine, was charged with obstructing an officer. If convicted of the charge, she faces up to nine months in jail and/or fined up to $10,000.

According to a criminal complaint, Rocha filed a police report in May against her husband that falsely accused him of assaulting her. She told police that he accused her of cheating on him and he punched her in the face with a closed fist. She also told police that she tried calling for help, but her husband choked her and she passed out.

Rocha’s husband spent 67 days in jail after he was charged with one count of domestic battery and disorderly conduct.

But in July, investigators spoke with Rocha again. She then changed her story. She was pregnant and angry with her husband because he had a girlfriend and he was not spending time with her. Rocha asked her mother to hit her so that she could contact the police and file the false report.

“Rocha stated that her mother then contacted the police to report the injuries,” the complaint reads. “Rocha stated that she did not have any injuries caused by (her husband) at the time she reported the alleged assault on May 24, 2017.”

Her mother told police that she hit her daughter upon her request so that she could file the report. She did this because Rocha showed her photos of prior injuries that her daughter claimed her husband had caused. She also told police that those photos were taken years prior to the incident.

But Rocha’s father told officers that knew what his wife had done and Rocha had “several bruises on her face before his wife struck her.”

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.