A 7-year-old boy has been charged with rape by the New York State Police.
On March 23, the unnamed boy from Brasher Falls, along the US-Canada border, was charged with third-degree rape.
According to officials, the incident was first reported on November 26, 2020.
According to sources, the youngster has been discharged and will be charged as a juvenile delinquent.
According to new state legislation, the minimum limit for criminal conviction is seven years old.
The incident reportedly occured on Thanksgiving in upstate New York.
No further details have been released about the incident .
The case will be handled in Family Court, according to the police.
It is also not clear what relation, if any, the suspect and the victim are to one another.
Anthony Martone, a Queens attorney who handles youth defense cases slammed authorities as ‘absurd’ for bringing the charges against the 7-year-old and said he believes it is almost an ‘impossibility’ that they will stick.
‘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,’ said .
‘So I think it’s absurd to charge a 7 year old with rape. They’d have to prove he actually physically committed this act, which to me it almost seems to be an impossibility.’