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Local Woman Who Filed False Police Claim Sentenced

May 16, 2019

A Franklin County judge has handed down an eight-day suspended jail sentence for the Columbus woman who falsely accused a now-suspended vice officer of cocercing her into sex in exchange for her freedom. 

32-year-old Ashley Ward pleaded guilty to multiple charges. She accused Whitney Lancaster, but police officials cleared the officer. He is the subject of two pending lawsuits related to the suspended vice unit.