Tuesday, August 07, 2001

Case grows for alleged abductions

Woman faces 15 counts of evidence tampering

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Authorities expanded their case Monday against a Mason woman accused of concocting stories that she was abducted and raped twice last year.

        Nicole R. Gilmore now faces 17 charges, including 15 felony counts of tampering with evidence and two misdemeanor charges of falsification.

        Authorities dismissed three similar charges against the 27-year-old Lofton Court resident last month and refiled the case when they were unable to go to trial on the scheduled date.

        “It was an ongoing thing,” Warren County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Anderson said of the investigation. “There was a lot of evidence and it kept accumulating and was added on.”

        Mason Detective Sgt. Todd Carter said some of the charges involve information that Ms. Gilmore's attorneys shared with police in the course of defending their client.

        “It was a lot of little stuff. We were able to disprove it,” Sgt. Carter said.

        Mason police charged Ms. Gilmore in November with obstructing official business and falsification following a two-month investigation into allegations that she was kidnapped in September from the parking lot of Portion Pac, a Snider Road business where she worked.

        On Nov. 9, Ms. Gilmore reported another abduction — this time from her driveway. She told police she was placed in the trunk of her car and taken to another location on Snider road, where her attackers forced her to smoke cigarettes and drink beer, and then poured beer on her.

        According to court documents filed in the case, lab tests determined that stains on Ms. Gilmore's clothing, which she claimed were left by her attackers, actually were theatrical blood.

        “Regardless of what the charges are, and we haven't seen them, Nicole maintains her innocence throughout this case,” said Margaret Allen, one of two attorneys representing Ms. Gilmore.

        Ms. Gilmore is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Warren County Common Pleas Court on Aug. 17.


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