A seven-year-old boy in New York has been charged with rape, according to a report.
The boy appears to be being charged as a juvenile delinquent, a New York City attorney, who is with a group that handles youth defense cases, told the station.
“Instinctually, it shouldn’t happen that a seven year old – I don’t think you even could really realise what you’re doing at seven years old. So I think it’s absurd to charge a seven year old with rape,” said Anthony Martone, Queens Defenders, felony youth defense unit director.
He added: “They’d have to prove he actually physically committed this act, which to me it almost seems to be an impossibility.”
Currently, under New York state law, children aged seven and over can be arrested and prosecuted as juvenile delinquents, the outlet noted.
A bill pending in Albany would increase the minimum age for being charged as a juvenile delinquent to 12-years-old.
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