A teenager who cried wolf was given a break by the court, but warned any more tall tales would land her behind bars.
The young woman, Alicia Pantoja, 18, entered a plea before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke last week to the charge of perjury. The other charge, tampering with evidence, was dropped. According to the terms of the plea bargain, Pantoja will be placed on probation for a year and have to perform 50 hours public service work. She will also have to pay a $100 fine. The offense violated her probation for a prior conviction but she was released on that count on time already served.
Pantoja’s sentence comes after she told lawmen she had been held against her will and raped. The teen backed off her story after a couple of hours of questioning, admitting to the investigator she had made up the whole story to get her boyfriend’s attention.
The incident started when she sent texts to her boyfriend claiming she was being held against her will at an unknown location and that she was afraid her abductor would kill her. The worried boyfriend called police and a hunt began for the teen.
During her confession to lying about the entire matter, Pantoja admitted she had erased the messages she sent to her boyfriend making the false claims, that admission bringing the tampering with evidence charges which were eventually dropped.