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Story of Teen 'Kidnapped' in Lubbock Looks Fishy to Cops

July 22, 2013

Josephine Musico

Lubbock police are no longer investigating a claim that a 15-year-old Amarillo girl was kidnapped, but do still plan to pursue sexual assault charges related to the case, according to a department news release.

Officers responded about 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, to the McDonald's at the intersection of 50th Street and Quaker Avenue to meet with the victim, who claimed she had just escaped from a nearby residence. According to her initial statement, her captors kept her in the home against her will and sexually assaulted her multiple times over the past six weeks.

Detectives followed leads in the case and conducted further interviews that eventually led them to believe a significant portion of the girl's story was fabricated.

"After more investigating and getting more information, it seemed she was not forced against her will," said Sgt. Jason Lewis, Lubbock Police Department spokesman.

Officers have not ruled out the possibility that sexual activity did occur at the residence between the teen and at least one older man, and plan to pursue sexual assault charges accordingly.

"The fact is she's 15, so even if it was consensual, it's still against the law," Lewis said. "There will be some charges forthcoming, but at this time they're still trying to get all information and evidence gathered to know exactly how many suspects there were and exactly what charges will be pursued."

The victim has been released to her family in Amarillo. Further investigation also helped deflate the girl's claims of a second victim held in the residence.

A-J Media does not release the names of sexual assault victims.

No arrests or formal charges have been announced, and juvenile detectives are conducting an ongoing investigation, according to the release.

josephine.musico@lubbockonline.com

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