Ohio prosecutors dropped a rape indictment in opposition to an area highschool soccer star who was accused of sexually assaulting a sleeping teenage lady, saying that new “data got here to mild” within the case.
Crosley MacCeachan, 18, who graduated from the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, was arrested in June and indicted for one rely of rape, one rely of sexual battery, and one rely of gross sexual imposition. He was launched on a $100,000 bond.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters introduced on Thursday that, “Data got here to mild after MacEachen was indicted that has modified our understanding of this case.”
“This dismissal isn’t a touch upon the guilt or innocence of MacEachen,” Deters mentioned in a press release.
Prosecutors didn’t disclose the brand new data.
“Our job as prosecutors is to hunt justice. It isn’t to hunt convictions,” Deters mentioned.
“Now we have an moral obligation to solely proceed on circumstances the place we consider there’s a chance of success at trial. Based mostly on the data we have now at the moment, we is not going to be continuing additional.”
A teen lady had alleged that MacCeachan, a standout soccer participant on the prestigious non-public faculty, assaulted her in her Symmes Township house on Dec. 6, 2020, in keeping with courtroom paperwork cited by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The lady mentioned she awoke at about 5 a.m. with MacEachen “on prime of her,” having sexual activity along with her, the newspaper reported.
“She pushed him off of her and realized she was bare, regardless of sporting garments when she went to sleep,” in keeping with the paperwork.
MacEachen was additionally accused of beforehand grabbing the lady’s buttocks in a separate incident.
His legal professional Scott Croswell had maintained his shopper’s innocence, saying the allegations had been “unproven.”
MacEachen had deliberate to play soccer on the College of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana within the fall.