Teens cleared of rape charges

January 22, 2010 4:58:23 PM PST
Three teenagers accused of gang raping a 14-year old girl in a Mastic home back in October have been cleared. But one of them spent months in jail, even though girl recanted her story just three days after the incident. Tyquan Dawson and two other teens, ages 15 and 16, were arrested for rape.

On Friday the Suffolk County District Attorney's office dismissed the charges, saying the sex was consensual and no force was used.

"I'm angry due to the fact that my son's name is getting slammed," said Tyquan's mother Sharon. She added that she was relieved, but also still angry at the accuser.

Lawyers for the teens want to know why the DA's office didn't reveal the fact that the girl dropped the rape accusation, and why Dawson had to stay in jail for so long after.

The DA's office says it was the parole division that kept him locked up.


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