Thu., 8:34am: Canfield couple sues after daughter held for rape
CANFIELD — A northeastern Ohio couple is suing a city police department and a prosecutor for what they claim was the malicious prosecution of their 11-year-old daughter on rape charges.
The $5 million lawsuit against the city of Canfield, some of its police officers and a Mahoning County prosecutor was filed this week in federal court.
The action claims the couple’s daughter was falsely imprisoned and maliciously prosecuted after three other girls claimed she raped them in 2012. She later was acquitted of all the charges.
One of the accusers recanted and gave officers information “that showed the three accusers conspired to fabricate their allegation,” the lawsuit said.
The Mahoning County prosecutor’s office declined to comment.