The Texas teenager who claimed a group of black men raped her has been formally charged for making false accusations of rape Wednesday.
Breana Harmon, 19, now faces two counts of tampering with physical evidence and two counts of tampering with a government record for her rape hoax, reports the New York Post.
“Ms. Harmon was originally arrested for the misdemeanor offense of false report to a peace officer,” Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said in a statement Wednesday. “However, the more we have looked at what happened in this case, and considered the harm it caused, and certainly could have caused, we believe what she did fits these higher charges. What she did was very serious, and we believe it was felony conduct.”
A March 2017 investigation into Harmon’s rape allegations found them to be false. Harmon showed up at a church half naked and covered in blood, claiming that a group of black men had gang-raped her out in the woods. Harmon formally filed a police report March 8 with her accusations.
Harmon’s claims began to fall apart the more police investigated the alleged rape. The nurse who examined Harmon after the alleged rape said the teen did not have injuries that corresponded to rape, adding that she did not believe Harmon had been assaulted.
Harmon also claimed that she sustained wounds from a knife as she tried to struggle with her captors; police investigators noticed that the knife wounds did not match up to those that would occur during a struggle. When police questioned Harmon about the inconsistency, she could not answer them.
Harmon finally admitted that she faked the rape claims March 21. According to Harmon, she went on a walk after getting into an argument with her then boyfriend and be came so distraught about her life that she began cutting herself. She faked the rape claims so her mother wouldn’t be upset with her.
“Breana Harmon-Talbott’s hoax was also insulting to our community and especially offensive to the African-American community due to her description of the so-called suspects in her hoax,” Denison Police Chief Jay Burch said of the hoax previously. “The anger and hurt caused from such a hoax are difficult and all so unnecessary.”
If convicted of her charges, Harmon could face up to 32 years in prison.
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