NEW YORK (AP) A Manhattan judge has given the go-ahead for the city to impose criminal charges on four men who were convicted in federal court last year of raping two teenage girls.
The convictions in the case are the first time a jury has reached a verdict in such cases, and they came after months of hearings that included testimony from a young witness.
The women were 13 when they were allegedly gang-raped by four men, ages 21, 27, 35 and 50, at a house in the Bronx between October 2011 and May 2012.
The four men are charged with rape, conspiracy to commit rape, sexual assault, kidnapping, criminal sexual act and kidnapping.
Prosecutors say they lured the girls to a house where they had sex and then fled the scene when the girls complained of pain.
Lawyers for the four men have said they were trying to help the victims, who they described as the victims of “an insidious epidemic” of rape and sexual assault.
They’ve asked Judge Richard Berman to allow them to go free and seek psychiatric evaluations.
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