Butler Co woman convicted of staging own kidnapping in fake video
BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A Butler County woman who was accused of tying herself up and ripping her own clothes in a fake kidnapping stunt posted to social media was convicted of making false alarms.
Thelma Williams pleaded no contest to the charges Wednesday in Middletown Municipal Court and was found guilty of the crime.
Sheriff Richard Jones described it as "one of the most bizarre cases we've had in quite some time."
Friends of Thelma Williams called 911 after photos and videos showed the 38-year-old tied up and gagged with what appeared to be a pair of women's underwear. The videos were posted on Williams' Facebook along with threatening messages indicating she was held against her will.
Williams' muffled cries can be heard in the 911 calls. At one point, she apparently says someone sliced her throat.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to Williams' South Verity Parkway home and found her loosely bound with her hands behind her back and clothes ripped, Jones said.
Jones said the search for a suspect was an "all hands on deck" mission until Williams' story started to unravel.
After questioning her, Williams told deputies "she fabricated the attack to get attention," according to the sheriff.
She was sentenced to time served credit for the ten days she was in jail after her arrest.
Williams is out on probation for a year, but if she violates the terms of it she will be in jail for another 170 days, which is the rest of her sentence.
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