New Jersey 7-Year-Old Gang Rape: Stepfather Defends Some Men
A New Development in the Case of the 7-Year-Old Gang Raped in New Jersey; Her Stepfather is Defending Three of the Men Accused
It's a case that has shocked not only the community of Trenton, New Jersey, but of the whole country and even beyond; a seven-year-old girl was allegedly sold by her 15-year-old stepsister at a party and she was then gang raped by at least seven different men.
At first three adults and three juveniles were arrested, including a man named Gregory Leary according to the New York Daily News, and now the stepfather of the seven-year-old (who has not been named to protect her privacy) has come to the Trenton courthouse to say three of the five men arrested are innocent.
Family members of the suspects called the girl's stepfather to help them plead for their family members' innocence. The family have the man's number on speed dial according to the NY Daily News:
"These three had nothing to do with nothing; I don't know why they locked them up," the stepfather said of Gregory Leary, 20; Timear Lewis, 19; and a 17-year-old whom authorities have not identified because of his age.
The stepfather has not been named, but he believes three of the men are innocent and that they actually tried to help the girl and not rape her.
Five men and boys have been arrested in the case, with one suspect just 13 and another 14. The stepsister of the seven-year-old has been charged with promoting prostitution.
One of the men accused, Gregory Lewis, has his mother on his side saying that yes her son was there, but he did not touch anyone. The police do have DNA evidence from the crime but those details have not been released. The prosecution in the case may have to hinge their argument on the testimony of the young girl herself.
The alleged rape took place on March 28 at the Rowan Tower apartment building in Trenton New Jersey. The 15-year-old took money for sex first and then offered her seven-year-old stepsister to some of the men who wanted to touch her. The situation quickly escalated to rape and there are now reports that some of the men were armed. The men allegedly told the young girl that they would kill her if she screamed or told anyone.
The stepfather does admit that his older daughter should have not taken the younger girl there, and thinks that while three of the men are innocent that he still thinks his stepdaughter was raped by several men.
"My daughter said these guys were trying to help her," he said. "If you had a gun pointed to your head, you wouldn't be able to do nothing, either."
Gregory Leary's lawyer says the girl is making it all up.
"She was not raped, was not gang-raped," Robin Lord said, adding that the girl's memory is "forever tainted" because she's been given toys, gifts and money.
Police have stated that they are expecting to make more arrests.