A 17-year-old girl who is an alleged rape victim is being held in juvenile detention until her rapist’s trial. The unidentified girl failed to appear at a preliminary hearing for the alleged rapist, Frank William Rackley. She also failed to appear at his trial on February 28. Prosecutors re-filed the case and a trial date has been set for April 23.
The unidentified teen is being incarcerated to ensure the man who traumatized her is convicted although Rackley’s DNA was found on her after the rape examination.
“The last thing we ever want to do is put a victim or a witness in custody, but when you have serious crimes of violence and a multiple offenses, you have to balance the protection of the community here,” Sacramento County Assistant District Attorney Albert Locher told ABCNews.com.
Rackley has a 20-year criminal history and previous arrests for rape. Rackley is accused of three counts of rape and sexual assault. Locher claims the teen’s testimony as a material witness is “imperative” and claims she is being detained for the public’s safety.
The unidentified girl is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail and has been in custody for over a week.
The girl’s lawyer said she will ask Brown to set her client free. “I think it’s outrageous that the DA’s Office wants to put a rape victim – a juvenile rape victim – in custody, as if she were the criminal, in a case where she is the victim,” attorney Lisa M. Franco said.
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