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Stevens avoids jail for false rape claim
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A woman who falsely cried rape has been granted probation, but has been ordered to go for counseling after telling a lie which could have resulted in a man facing felony charges.The woman, Melissa M. Stevens, 28, was given an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence but released on time served after coming before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke. She entered a plea agreement to the lesser charge of obstruction of justice instead of the original charge of filing a false report. She will be required to pay court costs as part of her sentence.Stevens told police she had been raped by a man who lived near her home.