Prosecutors seek to dismiss charges in NY park rape case

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NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say they’ll ask a judge to dismiss charges against five teenage boys after a young woman who said she was gang-raped in a New York playground recanted the accusation.

A spokesman for the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said Wednesday evening prosecutors will formally ask a judge to dismiss the charges next week.

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says the woman provided “multiple inconsistent accounts” about what happened in the park. Prosecutors say she recanted the allegations that she was forced to have sex and that there was a gun involved.

Thompson says there’s a “lack of reliable evidence” in the case.

The 18-year-old woman told police she was attacked in January after drinking beer with her father in the playground. The boys have said the encounter was consensual.

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