A Texas 18-year-old has been sent to jail after lying about being kidnapped and raped by three black men.
Breana Harmon Talbott had run into a church and told people she had been kidnapped and raped by three masked black men. When Talbott had arrived at the church she was only wearing a bra, t-shirt and underwear, and reportedly was bloodied and looked battered.
However, Talbott ended up confessing that the entire incident was a hoax to the Denison Police Department this past Wednesday.
“The so-called victim in the case confessed to the hoax last evening (March 21) to a member of the investigative team working the case,” read a news release by Denison Police Chief Jay Burch. “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.”
“It’s unfortunate a person can falsely report such a major incident in our community that wastes the time of law enforcement and needlessly puts some people in fear,” Burch added.
In a report from the Dallas News, it turned out that Talbott’s injuries were self-inflicted, with the medical personnel that examined her unable to confirm that she had actually been abducted or sexually assaulted.
The news release from Burch also detailed Talbott’s punishment for the hoax. “The department will file a criminal case against her for false report to a peace officer, a class B misdemeanor” and will “seek restitution for the significant costs for conducting such a major investigation,” the statement read.
It is still not clear why the teen made up the hoax in the first place.