Texas Teen Lied About Gang Rape, Police Say

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An 18-year-old Texas woman lied about being gang raped by a group of black men, police in Denison, TX said.

The woman, Breana Harmon Talbott, admitted to police officers Tuesday night that she made the whole thing up, reports Dallas News.

Talbott alleged back in early March that two black men raped her while the third one kept her held down.

According to the Denison police, all of her claims were false. Police arrested Talbott and charged her for lying to a peace officer.

“Almost from the beginning, we had doubts in Breana Harmon Talbott’s story as the puzzle pieces just weren’t coming together. We were unable to corroborate any of Talbott’s allegations that she had been abducted or sexually assaulted,” the department said in a statement.

A man claiming to be Talbott’s fiance called police to report her missing March 8. Police launched a large search party to find Talbott.

Talbott turned up hours later at a Denison church clothed only in a shirt, bra and underwear. She was covered in scratches at well. Talbott apparently confessed to causing the scratches herself and faking the entrance scene into the church.

The Denison police department reprimanded Talbott for her alleged actions.

“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. The anger and hurts caused from such a hoax are difficult and all so unnecessary,” the police department said.

The department also maintained that Talbott put their reputation at risk because of her false claims.

“Even though we know the story to be a hoax, there is still potential damage to the reputation of the City of Denison and the Texoma region as many may remember the reported crime but not the outcome. That is unfortunate,” they said.

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