Texas Teen Hit With Felony Charges After Making Up Rape Claim

Published on Jul 28,2017
by InTheBlack
A young Texas woman who ran into a church half naked and claimed that she was raped has been indicted on multiple charges related to what turned out to be a hoax. On Wednesday, 19-year-old Breana Rachelle Harmon, also known as Breana Harmon Talbott, was indicted on two third-degree felony counts of tampering with physical evidence and a third-degree felony count of tampering with a government record. She has also been charged with a state-jail felony count of tampering with a government record, the Herald Democrat reports. Earlier this year, Harmon ran into a Denison, Texas, church and told the people that she had been kidnapped and raped by three masked black men. At the time she was wearing only a bra, T-shirt and underwear and was bloodied and looked battered—apparently to sell her story, which successfully incited racist backlash all across social media. Originally she was charged with a misdemeanor, but prosecutors are now deciding to (rightly) throw the book at her. “Ms. Harmon was originally arrested for the misdemeanor offense of false report to a peace officer,” Grayson County, Texas, District Attorney Joe Brown said in a press release Wednesday. “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 these higher charges. What she did was very serious, and we believe it was felony conduct.” The three third-degree felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The state-jail felony is punishable by up to two years in state jail and a $10,000 fine.
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