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This Teen Admitted She Made Up Claims She Was Abducted And Raped By "Three Black Males"

Local police called the hoax "offensive to the African-American community." The false accusations were also used by white nationalists to push their agenda online.

Posted on March 23, 2017, at 12:39 p.m. ET

On March 8, 18-year-old Breana Harmon Talbott, who was reported missing by her fiancé, showed up at a local church in Denison, Texas, with visible scars on her body. She told police she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted in the woods behind the church by "three black males."

Denison Police Department said in a news release that Talbott entered the church wearing only a shirt, bra, and underwear. Police said she gave a detective a detailed account, alleging she was abducted by "three black males" wearing ski masks, who then took her into a wooded area in a black SUV. She claimed two of the men raped her while the third held her down, the police said.Just hours before, Talbott's fiancé called the police to report she was missing after finding her parked car with the driver door open, and many of her personal belongings nearby.
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Denison Police Department said in a news release that Talbott entered the church wearing only a shirt, bra, and underwear.

Police said she gave a detective a detailed account, alleging she was abducted by "three black males" wearing ski masks, who then took her into a wooded area in a black SUV. She claimed two of the men raped her while the third held her down, the police said.

Just hours before, Talbott's fiancé called the police to report she was missing after finding her parked car with the driver door open, and many of her personal belongings nearby.

Police said they immediately investigated due to the severity of the allegations — but medical examiners could not corroborate her claims.

"Within only a day or two, detectives had doubts as to most of Talbott’s allegations," police chief Jay Burch said in a press release.

Then, on Wednesday evening, Talbott confessed to police that she fabricated the entire thing. Police are now calling her story a "hoax" and the allegations officially "unfounded." Talbott is facing criminal charges.

Denison Police Department
Denison Police Department

Lieutenant Mike Eppler told BuzzFeed News she admitted to the hoax during the investigation with detectives. "She felt like she had nowhere else to go," he said.

Denison police have filed a criminal case against Talbott for lying to them. She will specifically be facing charges of false report to a peace officer, a class B misdemeanor.

Police now believe the scene at the church, where Talbott showed up with scars and minimal clothing, was completely staged. Talbott admitted she had caused the injuries to her body.

Talbott's claims had caused fear among the residents of the small town, and became fodder for pushing white nationalist ideologies.

#satchat Breana Talbott, 18, Denison TX, appar kidnapped/raped by 3 men. I guess no media bc doesn't fit noble blac… https://t.co/or1IqpmQVf

A GoFundMe was even created by those close to Talbott and her fiancé, and was then promoted publicly by self-avowed white nationalists online.

Breana Talbott: 18yo Blonde White Woman Engaged to Army Soldier Kidnapped/GangRaped by 3 Blacks. Her gofundme⬇️… https://t.co/NF82exEn52

But some who were close to the couple — and who donated to their recovery — are angered and are now speaking out. Autumn Jones told BuzzFeed News the GoFundMe she donated to raised $2,300. "I'm livid," she said.

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Jones, who knew Talbott's fiancé for six years, said she "cried" when she heard the news.

"I thought it was true, I believed it 100%," she said of Talbott's allegedly phony allegations.

"Knowing the truth, I'm livid, hurt, and disgusted. She betrayed so many."

GoFundMe told BuzzFeed News due to the new information that's come to light, and that no funds were withdrawn from this crowdfunder, they plan to issue refunds to all donors.

"It's important to remember that the platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors will get their money back," a representative said in a statement.

Denison police called Talbott's lies an insult to their town and "especially offensive to the African-American community."

"The anger and hurt caused from such a hoax are difficult and all so unnecessary," their statement read.

But Lieutenant Eppler told BuzzFeed News the department does not want this incident to "discourage" members of their community from reporting crimes.

Eppler said the motive behind Talbott's crimes is still unclear.

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