Canfield girl recants rape accusation

A monthlong rape investigation has ended after the victim
recanted her accusation.

Canfield police began investigating the alleged rape of a
14-year-old Canfield Middle School girl at the beginning of
November. A teacher at the school had approached the district’s
police officer, Paul Lasky, with information about the alleged
incident, according to police reports.

The accuser told the teacher she was attacked by a 16-year-old
male juvenile in mid-August on the bike path in Canfield.

The case was closed Friday after the accuser admitted to police that she was not raped. She told detectives she and the teen boy were on the bike path together where they briefly engaged in consensual sexual intercourse.

The girl said she made up the rape allegation because she was angry with him for not wanting to be in a relationship with her, according to a police report.

No criminal charges will be filed, and the case has been turned over to the Canfield Juvenile Division for assessment of the filing of a false police report by the accuser.