Rape Charges Dropped Against 5 Brooklyn Teens After Alleged Victim Admits She Lied
Prosecutors have dropped rape charges against five Brooklyn teenagers, who were accused of gang-raping an 18-year-old girl at gunpoint last month, after the alleged victim admits she lied about the assault. Not only that, the woman also admitted there was no gun and she was indeed having sex with her father in the park the night of the alleged assault.
Via the NY Daily News:
“The complainant, as well as her father, provided multiple inconsistent accounts to NYPD Detectives and to experienced Special Victims prosecutors about important material facts in this case,” Thompson said in a statement.
“The complainant has recanted her allegations of forcible sexual assault and the existence of a gun, and she does not wish to pursue criminal charges against any of the defendants. She also refuses to cooperate with any prosecution against her father, who was engaging in sexual conduct with her.”
The alleged attack outraged community leaders after police shared news of the Jan. 9 incident.
According to early accounts, the teens took turns raping the woman in Brownsville’s Osborn Playground after using a gun to chase off her father near the park’s handball courts.
“Get the f— out of here,” he barked at the dad, according to initial accounts.
The “victim’s” father ran from the playground to get help, officials said at the time. When he returned a short time later with two uniformed officers, the supposed suspects scattered.
The dad supposedly went into a bodega to call 911, but was turned away by a store clerk.
Days later, cops arrested Denzel Murray, 14; Shaquell Cooper, 15; Ethan Phillip, 15; Onandi Brown, 17 and Travis Beckford, 17
But the teen suspects claimed the father was having sexual intercourse with the daughter when they first spotted the two, and two defendants told police the sex they had with the teen was consensual, sources told the Daily News at the time.
The father and daughter failed to identify any of the first four suspects from a police lineup .
“We are thankful to the District Attorney’s office for the thoughtful and prudent time they took to fully investigate this case,” said Murray’s attorney, Ken Montgomery.
The 18-year-old woman and her father should face criminal charges for almost ruining the lives of five young men.
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