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Vows for justice in NJ child rape falling short

Rowan Towers at 620 West State Street, in Trenton, N.J., is shown on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. The building was the site of a party where police say a 15-year-old sold her 7-year-old sister to have sex with as many as seven men and boys. Police say the child later put on her clothes and two strangers walked the crying girl home. She was treated at a hospital. Police say the teenager, who stayed behind, also took money to have sex with others at a party in the Trenton apartment. The older girl is charged with aggravated sexual assault, promoting prostitution and other crimes. Her name was not released because of her age. (Rich Schultz)
August 15, 2010 12:14:42 PM PDT
It's been nearly five months since police said a 7-year-old Trenton girl was sold for sex by her 15-year-old sister and gang-raped in a vacant apartment. Now it appears that vows for legal vengeance are falling short.

The stepsister, two men and three juveniles were quickly arrested.

But prosecutors are not trying the kids as adults, as they initially planned. Also, police say they don't have enough evidence to make more arrests.

The little girl's stepfather spoke out in defense of three of those charged and DNA tests showed no semen on the child.

Prosecutors offered the juveniles plea deals to testify against the adults.

So far, no one has pleaded guilty.

Defense attorneys say the case is falling apart. Prosecutors say they plan to bring it to a grand jury soon.


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