A Myrtle Beach woman who told police she was raped by four men on the beach near Surfside Beach on Sunday morning was arrested Tuesday after admitting to officers she lied about the rape to cover an affair.
Taffy Timbrelee Wheeler, 31, of Ocean Lakes Family Campground reported being raped by four men who ambushed her and pinned her face down into the sand while she was out for a predawn walk to the beach.
She admitted to officers Monday that “she lied about being sexually assaulted by the four males,” according to an incident report filed with the Horry County Police Department. “She actually arranged to have sex that night with a former co-worker and she was scared her husband would find out so she decided to lie about what happen(ed).”
The information the victim provided changed with each officer she talked to.
Horry County Police Department incident report
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The report showed police were growing more suspicious of Wheeler in follow-up interviews after the Sunday investigation began.
“The information the victim provided changed with each officer she talked to,” the report states. “The victim showed officers where the assault happened,” but there were “no signs of an assault occurring at that location. The sand was not disturbed and the only impressions in the sand were shoe prints.”
Police also observed “the victim did not have any signs of physical injuries and the only dirt on her clothes” was found on “the heel of her pants. The victim stated her face was forced into the sand,” but there was “no sand in her hair or ears when she was evaluated at the hospital,” according to the report.
While a detective was explaining these findings to Wheeler, the report says, she told her husband, “We need to tell him the truth.”
Wheeler faces one felony count of filing a false police report of a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $1,000 fine, according to state law.
She was being held in J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Tuesday in lieu of a $1,000 bond.
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