A Texas teen has been hit with felony charges for falsely claiming that she was kidnapped and raped by three black men in March, authorities say.
Breana Harmon, 19, had told Denison cops that she had been raped by two assailants while a third person held her down, according to the Herald Democrat. She later admitted to making up the entire story.
Harmon initially said she had been taken into the woods by suspects in ski masks. She told authorities that the men threatened to sexually assault her again if they caught her, according to the newspaper.
The teen had run into a church wearing only a shirt, bra and underwear. However, cuts on jeans that were found did not match the cuts on her legs, and a nurse did not find evidence of sexual assault when she examined Harmon, according to the Herald Democrat. Cops also found that the teen had deleted Snapchat before the alleged attack. Later in March, the Denison teen admitted to authorities that “things from her past started going through her head” and she had “began cutting herself and her jeans,” according to the newspaper. She said she made up the attacks because she did not want her mother to know she cut herself.
It was found that Samuel Hollingsworth, the teen’s fiance at the time, had given her pepper spray and a pocket knife the same day as the reported abduction, according to the Herald Democrat. Harmon had told him she heard about sex trafficking in the area, according to the paper.
Hollingsworth told the paper that he was not with Harmon anymore.
“Really, all I can say is I don’t want any involvement with her at all,” he told the Herald Democrat. “I just want to move on with my life. That part of my life is dead to me.” Harmon was indicted this week on felony charges after initially only been hit with a misdemeanor. She is charged with tampering with physical evidence and tampering with a government record.
“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,” Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said in a statement. “What she did was very serious, and we believe it was felony conduct.”