NYC TV Meteorologist Admits Making Up Attack Claims

By: AP
By: AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- A TV meteorologist has admitted making up claims
of being attacked twice in New York City, sparking an extensive police investigation.

Heidi Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday to two misdemeanor counts
of falsely reporting an incident. The judge says she will be sentenced to three years' probation and 350 hours of community service. That's the time prosecutors say police spent looking into her phony claims.

Jones told police Dec. 1 a man had attacked her in Central Park last September and again outside her apartment in November.

Jones no longer works at New York's local ABC station. Her lawyer declined to comment on the circumstances of her departure.

She previously worked in cities including Albany, N.Y., and Houston.

She also has filled in on ABC's "Good Morning America."

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