Stemming from an investigation of an incident on Aug. 1, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office filed formal charges of C felony forgery, D felony theft and D felony fraud against Tamela S. Parsons.
Parsons, 43, was arrested after a Clay County Sheriff's Department investigation concluded there was enough evidence she took credit cards from a person she was formally involved with and charged $500 in soft drinks and lottery tickets at a Terre Haute convenience store.
Apparently the victim was trying to help Parsons find a place to stay when the theft occurred.
According the probable cause on file at the Clay County Courthouse, when officers attempted to arrest Parsons she made allegations that the victim had raped her the night before. However, when an attempt was made to take her for a physical examination and have a rape kit performed to collect evidence, Parsons refused to allow doctors to conduct the procedure.
No official charges regarding the rape allegation have been filed against the victim at this time.
On Monday, Parsons appeared in Clay Superior Court to enter a not guilty plea before Judge Blaine Akers. A no contact order with the victim was established, but Parsons requested the court to inform the alleged victim to stop calling her.
If convicted of a class C felony, the highest charge filed against Parsons at this time, the sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 2-8 years in prison, with an advisory sentence of four years and potential fines up to $10,000.
A jury trial in the matter was tentatively scheduled for Dec. 14.