LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police arrested a woman Monday who allegedly posed as a Lufkin doctor on instant messaging in order to convince another woman to engage in a lesbian relationship with her.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the investigation began on Oct. 1 when a nurse working for the Lufkin gynecologist contacted police after the alleged victim contacted her about how each of them were in lesbian relationships, which was not true.
The nurse denied this and the victim also said she was being advised by the Lufkin doctor on Yahoo! Messenger about medical treatment for her partner, Angela Buchanan, 30. The nurse did not believe the doctor would advise on instant messaging and decided to contact police.
The affidavit states the history of the crime, which began seven years ago, when Buchanan was in a lesbian relationship with a mutual friend of the victim.
Buchanan had in vitro fertilization in 2011 and became pregnant with twins. During the pregnancy, she broke up with the mutual friend, according to the affidavit.
The victim said Buchanan began telling her of a past incidence of breast cancer in 2008, which forced her to have a partial mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
The victim said Buchanan told her that as a result of the pregnancy, a hormone had reached a low level and she had a mass in one breast. Buchanan explained she had a close relationship with the gynecologist and she was treating her to prevent the return of cancer.
The victim said that was when she began communicating with a person who identified herself as the doctor and she was listed in the phone contact as "Doc."
The victim explained she had been a lesbian since she was about 13, but had stopped because she believed it was morally wrong. She said Buchanan had tried to engage in a romantic relationship with her, but she knew of the recent convictions.
The victim began chatting on Yahoo! with Doc in March 2012 to learn about Buchanan's condition. She said Doc told her the cancer could be prevented if there was an increase in the hormone, which could be stimulated through intercourse. Doc recommended the victim have sex with Buchanan in order to save her life.
The victim reluctantly decided to "make this sacrifice" in order to help Buchanan's health and had sex with Buchanan on a regular basis.
The victim said she talked Buchanan into having a mastectomy and reconstruction surgery to avoid the spread of the cancer. Buchanan decided to do it and went in for an operation.
After the operation, the victim said she asked the doctor about the growth and the doctor denied knowledge of anything other than a breast augmentation.
The victim chatted with Doc about the operation and Doc told her the doctor removed the growth "under the table" and he had to deny knowledge of it to her.
In June or July, the victim said Buchanan said she was in a custody battle over the twins and her lawyer recommended the victim and Buchanan travel to a state where same-sex marriage was legal and get married. Doc agreed.
The victim said that in August, she and Buchanan got married in Massachusetts.
The victim said her stepdaughters were working with Buchanan during the marriage at cleaning houses and one of the stepdaughters told her they believed Buchanan was masquerading as Doc.
The victim confronted Buchanan, who denied the claim, as did Doc. The victim said Doc would begin using text messaging to communicate with her.
On that same day, the victim said her stepdaughter told her that Buchanan had purchased a cellphone from Target and locked herself in the bathroom with it at their work house. That day, the victim began receiving text messages from a cellphone with the person identified themselves as Doc.
The victim decided to begin investigating the matter and learned from Buchanan's ex-partner that Buchanan never had breast cancer and that there was no custody battle. That is when Buchanan called the nurse.
Police then interviewed Buchanan, who admitted to all the allegations, according to the affidavit.
Buchanan was booked in and out of the Angelina County Jail Monday after posting a $1,500 bond. She is charged with class-A online solicitation.