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OC Teen Makes Up Assault Story After Staying Out Late

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When you were a teenager, how far would you go to keep from getting in trouble? For one Costa Mesa girl, the answer is: make up a story about how you were assaulted in the park and report it to the police, rather than face your mother after being out late.

The OC register reports that a 17-year-old went to the authorities on February 27, claiming that while walking through a park at night, she had been dragged by the hair and tied up by two men who threatened her with a knife. She stated that she was able to escape after her assailants were chased off by another man:

"Although there were inconsistencies with her story, which could not be corroborated by physical evidence, the young lady was adamant about what had occurred," [a police] statement read. After following up in the investigation, detectives determined the girl had made the story up because she had been out late.

One can only hope that someone is going to find out why, exactly, this girl felt that false reporting of a crime was a safer bet for her than coming home late.