Thursday, October 12, 2006

Woman Sentenced For Lying About Rape

(AP) A woman who gained national notoriety for writing a book about being raped, then abandoning her newborn in a college trash been has been sentenced to prison for being the rapist in the case.

Twyana Davis, 30, claimed in 1995 that she had been raped, appeared on television shows to tell her story.

She also formed a nonprofit group aimed to prevent teen pregnancies and provide alternatives for young mothers who didn't want to keep their babies.

But she also was harboring a secret: She wasn't raped. She was the rapist, Franklin County prosecutors said.

Davis was sentenced Tuesday in Common Pleas Court to 10 to 25 years in prison on a charge of rape. She had confessed to having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old cousin, leading to her unwanted pregnancy.

Judge Michael J. Holbrook labeled her a sexual predator and also fined her $10,000. Davis successfully manipulated the system to her advantage after the crime, Holbrook said.

She told the judge that she is trying to become a better person. "With all respect to you, there is a judge we all have to stand before sometime," she said.

Davis confessed to clear her conscience and claimed the sex was consensual, defense attorney Byron Potts said. He blamed her actions on a poor upbringing and abuse when she was a child.

In November 1995, Davis left her daughter in a trash bin at Ohio Dominican College, where she was a student. The baby survived. Davis was caught and convicted of child endangering.

She then wrote the book "Sacred Womb" and formed the group, Second Chance of Life, leading to appearances on Oprah and 20/20.

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