New York authorities confirmed that a seven-year-old boy was charged with third-degree rape on March 23.
A seven-year-old — whose identity remains concealed due to his age — has been charged with rape after a “sex offense complaint” reported on Thanksgiving 2020. Police said the young Brasher Falls resident was cited and released, and the case will be heard in Family Court.
Speaking to WWNY News, “Queens Defenders” Felony Youth Defense Unit Director Anthony Martone called the case “absurd.”
“Instinctually, it shouldn’t happen that a 7-year-old – I don’t think you even could really realize what you’re doing at 7 years old. So I think it’s absurd to charge a 7-year-old with rape,” he said. “They’d have to prove he actually physically committed this act, which to me, it almost seems to be an impossibility.”
In New York State, children can be charged as a juvenile delinquent