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Police: UNH student made false claims
By Emily Aronson
DURHAM -- A University of New Hampshire student who told police she was the victim of a religion-based hate crime has been charged with making a false report.
Breanne Coventry Snell, 24, of 3127 Quail Hill Drive, Midlothian, Va., was charged with three Class A misdemeanors, according to a university statement released Friday.
Snell filed a report with UNH police that she was assaulted by two men on Oct. 3 after leaving a meeting of the Jewish student organization, Hillel. She said the men grabbed and pushed her, made derogatory comments about Jews and talked about Nazism.
UNH police launched an investigation and on Friday determined that the incident was unfounded.
"The outcome of this investigation does not mean that the University of New Hampshire is any less concerned about incidents of bias, hate crimes or other forms of violence that might occur in this community, nor that they will be taken any less seriously in the future," UNH Police Chief Nicholas Halias said.
Snell was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in Durham District Court on Dec. 14.
UNH spokeswoman Erika Mantz said Snell is an undergraduate student. Mantz said she could not say if Snell will face punishment from the university in connection to the misdemeanor charges.