A Texas teenager has admitted that her claims she was kidnapped and gang-raped by “three black males” were a hoax, according to police.
Breana Harmon Talbott was reported missing earlier this month by her fiancé, who said that he had found her car with its door open and personal effects such as her phone nearby.
The 18-year-old later reemerged in the city of Denison the same day, interrupting a service at a local church by walking in with visible scratches and only a shirt, bra and underwear.
Talbott told police that she was abducted, taken to a wooded area near the church and gang-raped by men wearing ski masks that she described as “three black males.”
Medical examiners “were unable to corroborate that Talbott had been sexually assaulted,” police said.
Denison Police said in a statement released Wednesday, two weeks after the alleged incident, that detectives soon developed doubts about her account and that the teen admitted to the hoax on Tuesday night.
She also allegedly admitted to staging the church entrance and causing the cuts to her body herself.
Talbott now faces a misdemeanor charge of making a false report to a police officer, though officers say that the false allegations had already caused damage.
“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,” police said in their Wednesday statement.
“The anger and hurts caused from such a hoax are difficult and all so unnecessary.”