A seven-year-old boy is charged with rape after an incident in New York State on Thanksgiving

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A seven-year-old boy is charged with rape after an incident in New York State on Thanksgiving

  • New York State Police charged the unidentified Brasher Falls child near the U.S.-Canada border on March 23 with third-degree rape
  • The boy was released and will reportedly be tried as a juvenile delinquent
  • Authorities said the incident was first reported on Nov. 26
  • A Queens lawyer handling juvenile defense cases condemned authorities as ‘absurd’ for filing charges against 7-year-old
  • Under current state law, the minimum age for criminal prosecution is 7
  • Lawmakers are currently trying to pass a bill to raise the minimum age to 12 years

A seven-year-old boy has been charged with rape after an alleged incident in New York State on Thanksgiving.

New York State Police charged the unidentified Brasher Falls child near the U.S.-Canada border on March 23 of third-degree rape, according to WWNY

The boy was released and will reportedly be tried as a juvenile delinquent.

Authorities said the incident was first reported on Nov. 26.

No further details have been released regarding the incident or the age of the alleged victim.

A seven-year-old boy has been charged with rape after an alleged incident that took place on Thanksgiving in Brasher Falls, New York.

A seven-year-old boy has been charged with rape after an alleged incident that took place on Thanksgiving in Brasher Falls, New York.

It is also not clear what relationship the suspect and victim may have to each other, but police said the case will be heard in the Family Court.

A Queens lawyer handling juvenile defense cases condemned authorities as ‘absurd’ for filing charges against the 7-year-old, saying he believes it is almost an ‘impossibility’ that they will detain.

‘Instinctively, it shouldn’t happen to a 7-year-old – I don’t think you could even really realize what you’re doing at the age of 7,’ said Anthony Martone.

So I think it’s absurd to accuse a 7-year-old of rape. They would have to prove that he actually committed this act physically, which seems almost impossible to me. ‘

Under current New York state law, children 7 and older can be arrested and prosecuted as juvenile delinquents.

Lawmakers are currently trying to pass a bill through Albany to raise the minimum age to 12 years after a series of controversial arrests of young children.

Queen's attorney Anthony Martone (pictured) who handles juvenile defense cases condemned authorities as 'absurd' for filing charges against the 7-year-old, saying he believes it is almost an 'impossibility' that they will detain

Queen's attorney Anthony Martone (pictured) who handles juvenile defense cases condemned authorities as 'absurd' for filing charges against the 7-year-old, saying he believes it is almost an 'impossibility' that they will detain

Queen’s attorney Anthony Martone (pictured) who handles juvenile defense cases condemned authorities as ‘absurd’ for filing charges against the 7-year-old, saying he believes it is almost an ‘impossibility’ that they will detain

In February, shocking footage surfaced of a 9-year-old black girl being sprayed with pepper spray by police in Rochester pleading ‘please don’t turn this on me’ and ‘it’s burning.’

The video of the January 29 incident showed the handcuffed girl in the back of a police car crying as the police said to her, “You did it to yourself.”

The incident caused a stir and renewed calls to raise the minimum age for statewide criminal charges.

Public defender groups calling for change also point to an incident in 2015 in which a 10-year-old Bronx boy, known only as AW, was arrested by the NYPD after his 2-year-old sister suffered burns when he placed her on a radiator.

The boy was handcuffed and taken to a police station where he was only questioned by the police.

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