Hofstra Rape Suspects Free After Accuser Admits Sex was Consensual

September 17, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Authorities in New York say the Hofstra University student who told police that she had been tied up after being lured to a college dormitory stall Sunday and gang-raped by five men, one of them a student on campus has recanted her story.  Four of the men, (Clockwise, from top left) Kevin R. Taveras, Rondell Bedward, Stalin Felipe, Jesus L. Ortiz, were arrested and arraigned on rape and other charges.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement released late Wednesday that the 18-year-old woman told law enforcement officials that the sex was consensual.  Rice says Nassau County Judge Robert Bruno then immediately dismissed the charges against the men and ordered their release.
The unnamed woman had accused the men, including a Hofstra student, of taking her cell phone at an on-campus nightclub and luring her into a dormitory men’s bathroom and sexually assaulting her early Sunday.

Rice said her office has opened an “immediate criminal investigation into the statements and reports given by the woman to determine whether the woman is charged with a crime.  Prosecutors are not releasing the woman’s name at this time, both because she has not been charged with a crime, and because they fear for her safety.  Seems a little unfair given that the falsely accused men were all named.

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6 Responses to “Hofstra Rape Suspects Free After Accuser Admits Sex was Consensual”

  1. Carol on September 17th, 2009 10:28 am

    Sounds like it was NOT consensual, but due to threats, she’s now claiming that her rape was “not really rape”.

  2. bob on September 17th, 2009 1:01 pm

    Carol,
    That is why she needs to be named so she can be interviewed and checked out. Otherwise people like you will assume these guys are guilty forever. False accusation of rape is more common than the politically correct people want you to think.

  3. Chrystal K. on September 17th, 2009 6:28 pm

    Why would she make up such a story?

  4. jack on September 17th, 2009 8:52 pm

    Please. This was on consensual. Talk about bad police work.

  5. Debbie from Babylon on September 17th, 2009 9:43 pm

    This young woman, troubled though she may be, should be held accountable in some way. The pain, anguish and embarassment inflicted upon these young men and their families can never be taken away. I wonder if anyone ever thinks of the families involved when a loved one is accused of a crime. Stories in the news, pictures plastered all over the newspapers, judgements being made by people who don’t even know you! I know from personal experience. And it is hell! Everyone involved in this farce should be held accountable from the DA on down to the media. In our system of so called justice isn’t one presumend innocent until proven guilty? These young men were convicted in the court of public opinion of a crime they were FALSELY accused of. What does that say about the sick society in which we live. I hope this young woman pays for what she did. No one has the right to slander another in this way. Kathleen Rice you better calm down. You are way too ambitious to make a name for yourself at the expense of innocent and yes, even guilty, people. I hope these young men and their families sue for everything they can get. They deserve some sort of compensation for the hell that they’ve been put through.

  6. Karen on September 20th, 2009 12:31 pm

    These punks had a gang bang with an 18 year old that probably had too much to drink and regretted what she did. They are no innocent angels. They stink as far as I’m concerned. They may not be rapists, but they are low lives and should be ashamed for their actions. This dopey 18 year old girl, is disgraced for life, not for the false accusation she created to hide her shame, but the stigma of the low tragic scene in that bathroom. And that shame should extend to all involved. These punks are not to be pitied. Nothing compared to what the LI lacrosse players suffered for months when they had not done a thing. This girl is getting more crap then that bitch ever did. Why is that? I feel for this girl more than these gang bangers.

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