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Teenager fabricated story about being kidnapped and sexually assaulted, authorities say

September 27, 2010 |  4:18 pm

A 15-year-old girl who reported being kidnapped and sexually assaulted while walking home from school in Encinitas fabricated the story, authorities said.

The teenager met an adult man she had contacted on the Internet and had “consensual sex” with him after skipping her last class Friday at the San Dieguito Academy, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department officials.

But the girl later became embarrassed and ashamed when questioned by her parents and made up the story about being assaulted by three men, officials said.

Because the man is an adult and the girl is below the age of consent, the investigation is continuing, authorities said.

"The victim has apologized for creating an atmosphere of fear in the community and now realizes she should have told the truth from the beginning," said Sheriff's Capt. Sherri Sarro.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego