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Police: Woman falsified Georgetown kidnapping, sexual assault

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A woman who said she was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and forced to do manual labor is now behind bars for providing a false report to a police officer.

On Nov. 20, 27-year-old Delisha Lashae Thomas said she was kidnapped in North Austin and was held captive for two days before she was left in the trunk of her own car on a Georgetown roadway, according to a police statement released Wednesday.

In addition to claims of sexual assault and being forced to do manual labor, Thomas told police her kidnapper poured bleach on her before leaving her in the trunk. She described her assailant as a black male with a star tattoo under his right eye.

But after Georgetown detectives looked into Thomas’ whereabouts over the two days she said she was held captive, they were able to determine the story was false. Investigators were able to track down receipts and video footage from an H-E-B in Austin and a McDonald’s in Killeen where Thomas was spotted during the days of her alleged kidnapping.

Thomas admitted to investigators she fabricated the entire incident, and poured bleach on herself.

Her story to police spawned a lockdown at nearby Southwestern University in Georgetown.

Thomas is charged with false report to a police officer, a Class B misdemeanor. She is now in Williamson County Jail on a $8,000 bond.

In 2012, Thomas--who was Huston-Tillotson student at the time--made headlines when she said she received a letter from the U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, congratulating her for an exemplary score on her LSAT exam. After news reports and university recognition, Duncan's office contacted YNN, and said the letter was forged.

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