No semen found in N.J. child rape case

June 8, 2010 at 5:46 PM
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TRENTON, N.J., June 8 (UPI) -- Preliminary DNA reports turned up no sign of semen on a 7-year-old New Jersey girl allegedly set up for a gang rape by her stepsister, prosecutors say.

"Of course there's no semen because there was no rape," said Robin Lord, an attorney representing one of two adults charged in the case. "The whole story was fabricated.

"There's no semen, no tears, no physical evidence of a rape. It didn't happen."

But Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Downing said the absence of semen will not stop the state's case, The (Trenton) Times reported Tuesday.

"While the defense has previously argued that the DNA results would (clearly settle) the issue of guilt, the state maintains that while DNA evidence would corroborate the offense, the lack of such evidence does not establish that the offense did not occur," Downing said.

The Times also reported prosecutors won't seek adult trial for the three juvenile suspects in the case.

The 7-year-old girl told police three to four men held her down and raped her during a party in an apartment building March 30. She said her 15-year-old stepsister had sold her for sex.

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