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NYC meteorologist Heidi Jones indicted, accused of lying about being raped

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(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - A lawyer for Heidi Jones, the former New York City meteorologist accused of fabricating attacks on her, says his client has been indicted, an unusual step for prosecutors in a misdemeanor case.

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The Manhattan district attorney's office declined to comment Monday on Jones' case. Taking a case to a grand jury for indictment is common in felony cases, but not in lower-level misdemeanor ones.

Defense lawyer Paul Callan said prosecutors didn't give Jones notice of the grand jury or an opportunity to testify. New York law doesn't require notice in all cases. Callan says he'll contest the indictment.

Prosecutors say Jones told police she'd been attacked in Central Park in September 2010, and again near her apartment in November, but later she admitted to a detective that she fabricated the assaults.

"I made it up for attention. I have so much stress at work, with my personal life and with my family," she said, according to the document.

Jones was suspended from New York's ABC affiliate.

According to the New York Post, Jones will be arraigned on the indictment June 29.

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