DETROIT, MI — Sara Ylen, 38, of Lexington in Sanilac County, has accused more than six men of raping her in her lifetime and put multiple behind bars. For the most recent accusation, she is the one headed to prison.
Due to a conflict of interest stemming from a previous 2003 rape allegation in St. Clair County that has since been overturned, the most recent case was prosecuted by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in St. Clair County.
Ylen’s husband during the trial said on the night of the attack Ylen returned home and claiming she was attacked at a Meijer. She was “incoherent”and “rambling” with a cut on her mouth, he testified, according to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Ylen reported the assault but not the rape until a year later when she claimed to see her attacker, Grissom, near the site of the alleged attack. She identified a tattoo on his shoulder and a ring he wore, which supported her claims.
Grissom was subsequently convicted and sentenced to between 15 and 35 years in prison. Behind prison walls, Grissom began digging into Ylen’s past. He learned that Ylen filed a 2005 sheriff’s report claiming her father and brother raped her as a child.
“She also claimed to have been a rape and kidnapping victim in California in 2001, but later admitted that this was not true,” the state Supreme Court wrote in a summary of Grissom’s appeal.”Grissom also produced several reports from Bakersfield, California, showing that the complainant disappeared from a restaurant parking lot, that the complainant alleged that she had been kidnapped, and that she told various people that she had been raped several times, including in a restaurant parking lot. The complainant later denied that some of these events occurred.”
“According to the police report, the complainant admitted that some of her previous accusations were false,” the Supreme Court wrote. “The report concluded that the complainant had lied to her friends, family, and police, and was ‘possibly mentally unstable.'”
Lies didn’t stop with sexual assault claims. Ylen was arrested and charged with six felonies after claiming to have cancer, receiving Hospice care worth $90,000 and raising $10,000 in charitable donations during a fundraiser. Investigators say Ylen’s doctors never diagnosed her with cancer and it was just a moneymaking scheme playing on the sympathy of others.