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UPDATED: Canfield officials deny wrongdoing alleged in suit

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CANFIELD, Ohio - The city of Canfield is denying any wrongdoing following a lawsuit filed earlier this week alleging that a rape investigation was handled improperly.

On Monday, a couple filed a $5 million malicious prosecution lawsuit against the city police department, it's officers and an assistant county prosecutor.

The complaint filed in federal court claims that the couple's 11-year-old daughter was charged after three other 11-year-old girls claimed that they were raped by their daughter.

The suit alleges that police interrogated the 11-year-old suspect for five hours, giving her no water, food or rest. The complaint claims that prosecution of the case continued, even though one of the alleged victims recanted her story.

In a statement issued Thursday, the city denies any misconduct in its investigation.

"It should be noted however, that statements in the complaint related to the conduct of members of the city's police department appear to be completely fabricated and not based on reality or the actual facts surrounding the investigation in any measure," the statement read.

Mahoning County Juvenile Justice officials confirm that the little girl was eventually cleared of the charges.

 

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