A Moline woman was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation and 30 hours of public service for falsely accusing an Illinois State trooper of sexual assault last year.
Zabina J. Buchanan, 45, pleaded guilty in Rock Island County Circuit Court to one count of false report of an offense, a Class 4 felony punishable by one to four years in prison.
Court records show that she was placed on “second chance probation,” which under Illinois law allows certain offenders to clear a conviction from their record after successfully completing at least two years of probation.
According to the Illinois State Police, Buchanan was stopped by a trooper for traveling the wrong way on a one-way street on April 14 in Moline.
She was subsequently arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to police.
During her arrest and when she arrived at the Rock Island County Jail, Buchanan made numerous sexual assault allegations against the trooper, according to police.
State police immediately initiated an investigation into the allegations and ultimately determined that the allegations were false, according to police.
Buchanan also pleaded guilty Thursday to driving under the influence, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to 12 months of court supervision. The sentence will run concurrently, or at the same time, as the sentence on the false report charge.