A 14-year-old boy lied to police about being sexually assaulted in a Southern California beach park, police said Tuesday.
Police were investigating why the boy lied about the attack, which prompted police to put out an alert in conjunction with a similar attack at a nearby beach park last week.
This new development in the Hermosa Beach case has no bearing on the Manhattan Beach sexual assault investigation reported Friday at Polliwog Park.
A young boy was forced into a men’s restroom stall and sexually assaulted around 2 p.m. Friday, Manhattan Beach police said.
That case is still open and active, said Sgt. Robert Higgins, a spokesman with the Hermosa Beach Police Department.
In the bogus Hermosa Beach case, the boy told police he was assaulted in a park bathroom by a white male in his 30s on April 15. The boy told police he was restrained by a man and as he tried to walk inside the restroom.