A search for a sexual predator by Barrie police resulted in officers saying an assault at a high school did not occur.

Police were called to St. Joan of Arc High School on Monday after a 16-year-old girl said she was attacked in the building's washroom.

School officials feared the attacker could strike again, prompting a review of security procedures.

Crisis response staff were supposed to attend the school on Tuesday to deal with any student concerns.

Police cautioned young girls attending the school of 1,300 students to travel in groups and call police if they meet anyone acting suspiciously.

But it all proved to be false.

Investigators on the case said their probe showed that the victim made a false allegation and the sexual assault never happened.

Barrie police thanked the public and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board for helping in the investigation.

It is not known if any charges will be laid.