Saturday, February 5, 2011


EAST FLATBUSH, N.Y. (WPIX) — A Brooklyn nun who claimed she was the victim of a brutal rape is now recanting her story, telling police she made the whole thing up to cover up a consensual sexual encounter with a bodega worker.

According to police, the nun -- identified as 26-year-old Mary Turcotte -- told authorities she was attacked by a towering black man on the night of Jan. 22 as she made her way to the Apostles of Infinite Love convent on Glenwood Ave. in East Flatbush.

It turns out that the incident never happened and Turcotte was attempting to deter attention away from a real sex romp that reportedly happened inside the Brooklyn convent, sources told the New York Daily News.

"Nothing happened, none of it," a woman who answered the door at the convent told the News Tuesday. "It was all proven to be false. It wasn't her fault. She is going to move out and we are going to get her some help."

It was a far cry from what Turcotte told police nearly a week earlier.

Turcotte claimed the alleged attacker ambushed her before choking her to unconsciousness. The man then reportedly dragged her eight blocks. Authorities immediately grew suspicious of her story considering Turcotte was donning a habit at the time of the apparent attack and found it difficult to believe that it didn't catch the eyes of passersby, the News reported.

The nun told detectives she woke up in a snowbank with her breasts exposed and underwear pulled down to her ankles. The attack was reported to police on Thursday.

Authorities immediately put out an alert searching for a black man between 40-50 years old, approximately 6' 4" and 250 pounds, as described by Turcotte. The search was called off after the nun came clean about her dirty, little lie.

It wasn't immediately clear if the nun will face criminal charges.

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