Woman charged with rape and falsely reporting rape

STOCKPORT—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office charged a Stockport woman for allegedly falsely reporting an incident, rape and child endangerment.

Deputy Sheriff Brian McSween of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation March 1 into a reported forcible rape that occurred in Stockport, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Dawn Budelman, 59, allegedly reported to authorities that a male entered her residence and raped her February 28. Criminal Investigator Joshua Oakes of the Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit immediately began an investigation that included multiple interviews, collection of evidence and an examination at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Further investigation revealed that a forcible rape did not occur and that Ms. Budelman had allegedly consented to a sexual act with a minor male under the age of 17 years old.

She was charged with third degree falsely reporting an incident and making a punishable false written statement, both class A misdemeanors, in reference to the original complaint. Additionally she was charged with third degree rape (engaging in sexual intercourse with a person less than 17 years old) and endangering the welfare of a child, a class E felony and class A misdemeanor, respectively, March 25 at 2 p.m.

Ms. Budelman was arraigned before Stockport Justice Malcolm Smalley and released on her own recognizance. She is due to return to court May 3. An order of protection was issued. Anyone with further information about this crime is urged to contact Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh at 518-828-3344