CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte teenager accused of rape spent nearly three years in jail before he was released this month after being found not guilty of his charges, WSOC reports.
According to WSOC, Demarcus Reid was 17 and preparing to begin his senior year of high school in June 2010 when he was placed in the Mecklenburg County Jail.
Now 20 years old, Reid has been cleared of his charges.
“They say innocent until proven guilty, but when you’re in there it feels like you’re guilty until proven innocent,” Reid tells WSOC.
Reid was arrested when a teenage girl accused him, his brother, Santario Washington, a friend, Dominique Brown, and a fourth juvenile who was never identified due to his age of raping her in north Charlotte, the station reports.
The boys alleged the sex was consensual, however they were charged with rape and kidnapping, WSOC reports.
Reid tells WSOC he had scholarship offers for football and track before “everything went down the drain.”
Later, the cases against Reid and the others were delayed due to a backlog in the court system, WSOC reports.
Washington and Brown were both eventually able to post their bonds, but Reid was not, according to the station.
Now, Reid told WSOC he is “just focusing on what’s ahead.” He says he’s back in school, has a job and has a new family member in his nephew.
The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office told WSOC it is standing by the alleged victim’s case and is “very disappointed” with the acquittal, the station reports.
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