Friday, February 24, 2006

DA Drops Rape Charges

Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson said sexual assault charges were dropped on February 17th against Jonathan Santos, 19, and Michael James Coleman, 21, both of Manchester, New Hampshire, and a 17-year old Florida youth. The three men were accused of raping a 19-year old woman on St. John Street on August 10th but prosecutors dropped the charges after finding problems with the accusations made by the woman.

The woman told police at the time that she was approached near the Key Bank at St. John and Congress Street at about 1AM and asked for a cigarette, and then pulled behind the bank and sexually assaulted multiple times.
The woman was able to give a detailed description of the three men to police, who used tracking dogs to lead them to them.


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