Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Palatka High Girl Made Up Rape Tale; She Fabricated Story to Cover Up an Off-Campus Incident, Police Say

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Palatka High Girl Made Up Rape Tale; She Fabricated Story to Cover Up an Off-Campus Incident, Police Say

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Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER

A 15-year-old girl lied about being raped in a Palatka High School bathroom last week to cover up a sexual encounter she had off-campus, authorities said Monday.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the actual encounter she had and have not decided whether to charge her with filing a false police report, Capt. Rick Lashley said.

Lashley said a detective received information over the weekend that the girl's initial story was fabricated and deputies confirmed that in a meeting with her Monday morning.

The girl told deputies she was attacked after being dragged into a second-floor bathroom during school Oct. 27. She said she was held at knifepoint and raped. The girl returned to class and didn't report the incident until getting home hours later. Her mother called deputies.

The Sheriff's Office released information about the reported rape three days later, including a composite sketch of a person with a teardrop tattoo who the girl said committed the attack. …

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