A 15-year-old girl lied when she reported being assaulted by four males while walking home from school in Manchester last month, police said.

Northeastern Regional Police on Thursday said the case is closed.

Police said they've been advised by the York County District Attorney's Office not to file charges against the teen. She could have faced a charge of making a false report.

A Northeastern Regional detective had been working hard on identifying the males since the girl reported the bogus attack nearly a month ago, and he had shown her several photo lineups of possible suspects, police said.

But earlier this week the girl confessed she lied about the incident, according to police.

Afraid: She said she was walking home from school about 3 p.m. April 9 with a male friend and that they'd been flirting. The girl said she was afraid they would get in trouble, so she came up with the story about the assault, police said.

She initially told officers that four males grabbed her, pulled down her shirt and touched her breasts, but that they ran away when she fought back, police said at the time.

She claimed she'd kicked one of them between the legs and stomped on another's foot, police said at the time.

The teen gave detailed descriptions of them, including the color of their eyes, police said.

Her account was bolstered by a woman who contacted police after reading media reports about the purported attack.


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The woman reported seeing four males fitting that description standing in front of a home not far from where the girl said the attack happened, police have said.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.