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Authorities: Rape allegation false
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Rape allegations brought forth by a 14-year-old middle school student last week are false, according to Dawson County Sheriff’s Maj. John Cagle.


“Through information obtained through the course of the investigation, authorities now believe that the allegations are unfounded,” Cagle said.


Cagle did not release any other details Wednesday afternoon, saying that authorities felt it was important to let parents know as quickly as possible.


School counselors alerted authorities last week after the student reportedly told her friends she had been raped Nov. 5 after walking home from her school bus stop in the Fern Valley area of northwest Dawson.


The teenager said she saw an unknown white man in a field off Hwy. 136 as she walked toward her house from the bus about 4 p.m. that day.


Sheriff's Lt. Tony Wooten said the teen described the suspect as a white man in his 40s with long, black hair and a closely shaven beard.


According to Wooten, attempts to gain physical evidence of the assault were not successful.


In the wake of the allegations, the sheriff’s office increased patrols at bus stops before and after school.


The Dawson County school system used its automated system to notify parents of the situation, as well as sending home letters.


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