Ex-TV weather reporter Heidi Jones admitted she lied to cops Wednesday and pleaded guilty to filing phony police reports about being sexually assaulted in Central Park.
Jones, 38, a former weather anchor for WABC/Ch. 7, will receive 350 hours of community service – one for every hour police spent investigating her case – and was given three years of probation and must receive psychiatric counseling.
"She wishes to express her sincere apology to any individuals and/or agencies adversely affected by this unfortunate incident," her attorney, Paul Callan, reportedly said.
"She lost her job. She lost her apartment. She lost a lot," he said. "She's already paid a very high price for the crimes she pled guilty to today."
Jones, who was fired from her job at WABC over the incident, has had to give up her Manhattan apartment after deep financial troubles, according to published reports.
The blonde weather woman, who occasionally filled in on "Good Morning America," told cops in December that she had been sexually assaulted by a Hispanic man while jogging in Central Park last September. But after investigators grilled her for a second time, she admitted to making up the story for the attention and was arrested.
"I did make this up. I made it up for attention. I have so much stress at work, with my personal life and with my family," she told the cops at the time.
Her sentencing is set for Oct. 26.
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