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Ex-TV meteorologist indicted in case of phony sexual assault report

By Jordana Ossad, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Heidi Jones indicted on charges of falsely reporting an attempted sexual assault
  • Jones was a weekend on-air meteorologist for WABC-TV
  • Jones is expected to plead not guilty to misdemeanor charges, her attorney says
  • Police say Jones recanted her story during questioning

New York (CNN) -- A former on-air meteorologist for New York's WABC-TV has been indicted on charges of filing a phony attempted sexual assault report -- a story she later recanted.

Heidi Jones will face a formal arraignment on June 29, Joan Vollero, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney's office, said Tuesday.

Jones is expected to plead not guilty, according to her attorney Paul Callan, who called the indictment for a misdemeanor charge "highly unusual."

"Heidi and I have been working diligently to resolve this case in a manner that will be fair to all concerned," Callan told CNN.

She was indicted on June 10.

Jones, who did weather reports on the station's weekend newscasts, called police on November 24, 2010, saying that she had nearly been attacked while jogging in Central Park.

She said she had crossed paths with the man, whom she described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, on November 21, when Jones said he taunted and harassed her.

Police said Jones later recanted the story as police questioned her.

She was arrested in December and was charged with a misdemeanor for filing a false report.

CNN's Jesse Solomon contributed to this report.