Child sexual assault charges are dropped against ‘The Girl in the Closet’
A Texas woman known as the ‘Girl in the Closet’ after she was rescued from a filthy cupboard as a child, was released from jail last week when child sexual assault charges against her were dismissed.
The Denton County District Attorney’s Office has not explained why prosecutors made the decision to drop three felony counts on which 28-year-old Lauren Kavanaugh was indicted in 2019.
She previously was found incompetent to stand trial and was ordered committed to a mental health facility.
A spokesperson for the DA did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment Monday morning.
Lauren Kavanaugh, known as ‘The Girl in The Closet,’ had three charges of child sexual abuse dismissed against her in Texas. She was rescued from horrific captivity in 2001 (right)
Court records indicate that prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss the counts Tuesday. A judge closed the case within hours, clearing the way for Kavanaugh’s release the next day, reported The Dallas Morning News.
Kavanaugh had faced up to 20 years in prison on each charge.
She made national headlines in 2001 when she was rescued from her family’s mobile home after years of horrific physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her mother and stepfather. Dubbed ‘The Girl in The Closet,’ Kavanaugh, who was eight at the time, weighed just over 25lbs at the time.
Kavanaugh was arrested in December 2018, after a 14-year-old girl told police that she had been in a sexual relationship with the woman for two months.
Kavanaugh was arrested in 2018, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl she met in a Facebook group
The pair met through a Facebook account called ‘The Lauren Kavanaugh Story’ where Kavanaugh offered support and friendship to victims of abuse, according to detectives. That page has since been taken down.
Kavanaugh and the teen allegedly got into a relationship and the victim’s parents said that Kavanaugh was living with them, according to NBC.
When interviewed by police, Kavanaugh initially claimed that she and the teen were ‘just friends,’ but then admitted to having a sexually explicit conversation with the girl on Facebook.
‘Lauren also said that was the only time and that she was sorry and learned her lesson,’ a detective wrote in an affidavit.
When asked if she was involved in a sexual relationship with the minor, Kavanaugh challenged the cop to arrest her and refused to make any further statements.