BROOKLYN, NY - It's a shocking story to say the least. An 18-year-old Brooklyn woman claimed five teen boys gang raped her at a playground last month. Police tracked the teens down, and threw them in jail on charges of rape, criminal sex act, and sex abuse. But it was all BS. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson dropped all charges against the boys, after the young woman recanted the rape story.
"There was no criminal wrongdoing in this case whatsoever," said Abdullah Green, attorney for one of the formerly accused men, "I believe that this would not have happened if the truth had been told initially."
The truth? The 18-year-old was having sex with her biological father at the playground. The D.A. says the young woman also refuses to cooperate with any prosecution on incest charges against her father.
The rape claim outraged nearby residents, who claimed the police didn't act quickly enough to catch the alleged perps. Community advocate Tony Herbert is standing by his initial calls to have the boys brought to justice.
"The community wanted an answer, and I think quite frankly, because it had taken place and no one was really notified that it had taken place, that the community was up in arms," said Herbert.
Defense attorney Kenneth Montgomery, who represents one of the formerly accused teens, sums it up by contending: a rush to judgment derailed a path to justice.