North Texas Teen Indicted After Police Say She Lied About Being Kidnapped, Raped

A Denison teen was indicted Wednesday after police said she lied about being kidnapped and raped in March.Breana Harmon Talbott, 19, was indicted on two counts of tampering with physical evidence and two counts of tampering with a government record, the Grayson County district attorney's office said in a statement. Talbott ran into a church in March wearing only a shirt, a bra and underwear, and said two black men had sexually assaulted her while a third held her down. Denison police determined her story to be a hoax after investigating the claim.Police believe Talbott staged the crime scene, and she admitted that cuts on her body were self-inflicted."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," Denison police Chief Jay Burch said after Talbott’s arrest in March.Three of the charges she faces are third-degree felonies, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The fourth charge is a state felony and is punishable by up to two years in a state jail and a additional $10,00 fine.While Talbott was originally arrested on a misdemeanor charge of making a false report, Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said her actions warrant higher charges.“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 the elements of these higher charges,” Brown said in the statement. “What she did was very serious, and we believe it was felony conduct.”Talbott is accused of falsifying her statements in an interview with a sexual assault nurse examiner and an interview with the Denison Police Department.  Continue reading...

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