Breana Rachelle Harmon will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to falsely claiming that three black men kidnapped and sexually assaulted her in Denison, Texas last March
In March 2017 Breana Rachelle Harmon’s fiancé reported her missing and then she bizarrely showed up at a church bloodied and barely clothed.
A Grayson County grand jury had indicted Harmon, 19, on four charges, including three felonies, the Herald Democrat reported.
Texas teen, Breana Harmon Talbott, admits she made up bogus claims about abduction and rape by ‘three black males’
Harmon, 20, will be sentenced on March 20 after pleading guilty to falsely claiming that three black men kidnapped and sexually assaulted her.
‘She’s very remorseful for what she did and what she said, and that’s why she decided to plead guilty,’ her attorney Bob Jarvis told the paper.
Harmon then known as Talbot-Harmon was reported missing by her fiancé on March 8, and wandered into a Denison, Texas church [photo], later that evening wearing only a t-shirt, bra and underwear.
On March 8, 2017 Harmon showed up at a local church. She was bloodied and wearing just a shirt, bra and underwear and claimed to have been gang raped.
She later told police that she was abducted by ‘three black males’ in ski masks at her apartment before they took her to the woods near the church and took turns raping her while one of them held her down.
When officers from the Denison Police Department responded to a report of a missing person at 5:11 p.m. on March 8 at the Creekmore Apartments, they learned that Breana Harmon, previously identified as Breana Harmon-Talbott, was missing and the door to her vehicle was open.
Personal items, including her phone, keys and a shoe were found on the ground next to the vehicle.
Staged: Harmon [right], staged the crime scene ‘ from the initial “kidnapping” scene at the apt complex to the point of her condition when she walked into the church,’ police said.
Harmon later told police that she had been kidnapped by three black men who took her to some woods near the church and gang raped her.
‘We believe the crime scene – from the initial “kidnapping” scene at the apartment complex to the point of Harmon’s condition when she walked into the church – were staged,’ Police Chief Jay Burch said.
On March 21, Harmon confessed to filing a false report, telling police that she staged the hoax and that her wounds were self-inflicted.
Harmon said she had gotten into an argument and decided to go for a walk. In follow-up interviews, Harmon said she and fiancé, Samuel Hollingsworth, had been fighting recently and she knew the relationship was not going to last.
During the walk, Harmon ended up at the dilapidated house. Harmon told investigators that “things from her past started going through her head and she began cutting herself and her jeans.
Harmon said she then began to worry that her mother would be upset with her for cutting herself and made up the story of being abducted to cover it up. When she was asked by people at the church if she had been raped, Harmon said she shook her head without thinking because she didn’t want her mom mad at her.Though no one was arrested due to the false report, Chief Burch said damage may still have been done to the community from the Harmon hoax.
“Breana Harmon-Talbott’s hoax was also insulting to our community and especially offensive to the African-American community due to her description of the so-called suspects in her hoax,” Burch said, previously. “The anger and hurt caused from such a hoax are difficult and all so unnecessary.”.
Breana Harmon said she had been fighting with fiancé, Holingworth [in Army hat above], and knew the relationship was coming to an end before her hoax.
Harmon 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. The fourth charge is a state-jail felony count of tampering with a government record.
The three third-degree felonies are punishable by two to ten years in prison and put to a $10,000 fine. The state-jail felony is punishable by up to two years in state jail and a $10,000 fine.
Under the initial Class B misdemeanor charges, Harmon would have faced up to six months in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.
The two charges of tampering with physical evidence allegedly, stem from two different interviews where officials say that Harmon knowingly gave false reports “with the intent to affect the outcome of the investigation.”
In the state-jail felony charge, the DA’s office alleges that Harmon “had the intent to defraud the Denison Police Department and with that intent, caused a false entry to be made in the official police report by making her false statement to investigators.”
In addition to the criminal charges, the Denison Police Department is seeking $8,000 in restitution related to the case, Denison Police Department said.