7-year-old boy charged with rape in upstate New York, police say


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — An unamed 7-year-old boy from upstate New York has been charged with rape, multiple news outlets have reported.

The  Watertown Daily Times and  WWNY-TV  reported that the boy was charged by New York State Police with third-degree rape on March 23. The charge stems from an incident that was reported on Thanksgiving. The boy is from Brasher Falls, which is near the Canadian border.

State police confirmed they were investigating the matter and that the child was only 7, according to the newspaper.

No further details were revealed about the incident.

“Instinctually, it shouldn’t happen to a 7-year-old. I don’t think you could even realize what you’re doing at 7 years old, so I think it’s absurd to charge a 7-year-old with rape,” Anthony Martone, an attorney told WWNY-TV. “They’d have to prove he actually physically committed this act, which to me it almost seems to be an impossibility.”

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