City woman allegedly filed false abuse claims
Police: Gority made up story to have man arrested or evicted
An Altoona woman allegedly filed false claims that a neighbor had sexually abused her 3-year-old son in a bid to have him removed from his home, police said.
Police arrested Kylie Ann Gority, 28, of the 200 block of Fifth Avenue on Saturday, two days after they filed charges for the false allegations. Officers said Gority told police a man living nearby had sexually abused her son, allegedly in a bid to have him arrested or evicted from his home.
Police said the case began in September, when the man was involved in a heated argument with Gority over alleged drug activity and prostitution in her home. Shortly after the argument, Gority went to the police with claims that the man had sexually assaulted her child “in the belief that he would be arrested immediately,” officers said in an affidavit.
Gority took her child for examinations at UPMC Altoona and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, detailing claims against the man, police said.
A doctor in Pittsburgh found no evidence that the child had been assaulted and no indication he had ever been alone with the man accused.
An Altoona police detective interviewed Gority, who allegedly demanded officers immediately arrest the man.
“(Gority) changed her story multiple times and alleged further sexual misconduct … with two other people who were living in the home,” police wrote.
Other witnesses later confirmed that the story was false and said Gority had concocted the story to intimidate the man into leaving his home, according to police.
Police described both the accused man and Gority’s child as victims, noting that the child had to deal with invasive medical tests and interviews to determine whether he had been abused.
“(Gority) did endanger the welfare of her son … by subjecting him to uncomfortable medical examinations, knowing that he was never harmed,” a detective wrote.
Gority faces a felony charge for intimidating the victim and three misdemeanor charges. Police apprehended her Saturday and held her at Blair County Prison, where she remains in lieu of 10 percent of $40,000 bail, according to court records.
A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 11 before Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey P. Auker.
Mirror Staff Writer Ryan Brown is at 946-7457.