SANTA CRUZ -- A 20-year-old woman who filed a false rape report at UC Santa Cruz was sentenced Thursday to three years probation with limits on Internet access.

Morgan Triplett did not appear in court Thursday when Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge John Gallagher imposed the sentence. Triplett's public defender Jack Lamar entered a no contest plea on her behalf.

She was sentenced to three years probation, 60 days in jail, 200 hours of community service and 60 hours of mental health counseling, Gallagher ruled. She also was banned from using the Internet to facilitate criminal activity for the length of her probation and ordered to write a letter of apology to UC Santa Cruz.

Prosecutor Johanna Schonfield initially asked that Triplett be banned from using social media during her probation since Triplett solicited her attacker through Craigslist.

"The court heard those discussions and ultimately sentenced her to what was appropriate," Schonfield said.

Triplett reported being raped Feb. 17 while she was at UC Santa Cruz for a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender conference. Triplett had broken up with her boyfriend the day before and solicited people in two separate ads on Craigslist to harm her.

Less than two weeks after the report, UCSC police said the report was a hoax. Triplett admitted to fabricating the attack.



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