A teenager in Denison was reportedly indicted for a made-up story that she made wherein she was kidnapped and raped by three black men.
19-year-old Breana Rachelle Harmon, who uses the last name Talbott, was charged with two counts of tampering with evidence and two counts of tampering with a government record. Three of the charges are third-degree felonies.
Reports say, Harmon claimed three black men threw her into a van, drove off and attacked her and then told her to get out and run which she later then admitted to police it was a hoax.
The charges were upgraded to felonies because of the harm police say her claims could have caused to community relations.
“Ms. Harmon was originally arrested for the misdemeanor offense of False Report to a Peace Officer,” said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown. “That charge was a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. However, 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. What she did was very serious, and we believe it was felony conduct.”
Harmon faces up to 10 years in prison.
Source: Herald Democrat