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UPDATE: KPD says teens fabricated assault story, charged with filing false report

Rain Smith • Mar 7, 2012 at 10:07 PM

KINGSPORT — Three teenagers have been charged with filing a false police report after claiming a man with a baseball bat attacked them at a Kingsport school, making sexual advances in the process.

According to Kingsport police, the vindictive juveniles had in fact been vandalizing a baseball bullpen on the property, with the good Samaritan stepping in to stop them. The youths responded by snapping the man's photo, showing it to a mother and concocting the story of an assault. She called police, setting off a brief search for the purported assailant before he was exonerated.

The incident occurred Saturday at John Sevier Middle School, 1200 Wateree Street, with the juveniles charged on Wednesday afternoon. KPD Lt. Bob Abernathy reports the minors, ages 13, 13 and 15, were jumping on a tin roof on the baseball field's dugout. The concerned citizen approached the teenagers and told them to stop, adding they could hurt themselves.