Ohio police department will fight lawsuit

CANFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A northeastern Ohio police department says it will fight “erroneous allegations” in a malicious-prosecution lawsuit involving an 11-year-old girl who was prosecuted for rape.

The Canfield Police Department said in a statement Thursday that its officers acted appropriately and “with the utmost professionalism” in the case.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator (http://bit.ly/11pi6Ks ) reports that the girl’s parents filed the $5 million lawsuit against the city, some of its police officers and a Mahoning County prosecutor 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.

The lawsuit says one of the accusers recanted and gave officers information “that showed the three accusers conspired to fabricate their allegation.”

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Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com

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