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Teen Recants Rape, Kidnapping Claim

POSTED July 12, 2012 9:42 a.m.

A 16-year-old Oakdale girl who claimed she'd been kidnapped and raped on June 3 -- sparking a frenzy of fear and concern within the community -- has recanted her story, said police.

According to  the initial claim, the girl was walking home from Oakdale High School when an unknown male subject in the 600 block of West J Street approached the girl from behind and threatened her with a knife. He forced her into the truck and covered her eyes with an unknown item. He drove to an unknown location near Oakdale, forced the girl to remove her clothes and raped her. Afterward, he made the girl dress and then dropped her off in an undisclosed area of Oakdale.

After several weeks of investigation, interviews and area canvassing, as well as hundreds of phoned tips from concerned community members who were on the look-out for the suspect's black truck, the victim came forward and admitted she'd made up the entire story in an attempt to get attention from her mother.

The Oakdale Police Department and the investigating detective decided not to press charges against the girl for filing a false police report.

The Oakdale Leader will have additional information regarding this case in the Wednesday, July 18 issue of the paper.

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