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Abduction, sexual assault report from Clarke U. student false

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Dubuque police say a local college student filed a false report of abduction and sexual assault.

On Tuesday, a female Clarke University student told police someone she'd met online forced her into a vehicle on Oct. 23 and then assaulted her off campus.

Even though investigators are deeming the report false, Clarke students say it still acts as a good reminder to practice safety both online and on campus.

Freshman Sydney Pennekamp said, "I always walk in a well-lit area. I try to walk with a person. If not, I always have my cell phone on me, and I'm always on the phone when I'm walking somewhere, so in case someone would approach me, then they know I'm on the phone so I can always tell this person that I'm in danger."

Despite Thursday's finding of a false report, Dubuque police say they're still investigating the matter so they're not yet releasing the identities of those involved.

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