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Girl admits lying about being raped by two men; charges possible

Map shows area where girl alleged she was attacked; she later recanted.

Authorities are determining whether to seek charges against a 16-year-old girl who admitted she lied about being raped by two men, authorities said.

The case is under investigation, authorities said, and no decision has been made regarding whether charges will be filed against the girl.

The reported rape sent law enforcement authorities scrambling Tuesday to find the attackers and prompted local school officials to alert parents, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The girl called deputies Tuesday evening, saying she had been knocked out near the College of the Canyons after a cloth was placed over her mouth. She said she had been taken to another area and raped, according to authorities.

But on Wednesday afternoon, the girl told detectives she made up the story because she had arrived home late and did not want to get in trouble with her legal guardians.

"The alleged victim recanted her statements and admitted to fabricating the entire story," the department said in a statement.

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Map shows area where girl alleged she was attacked; she later recanted. Credit: Google Maps
 
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