Court: Victim, 17, to remain in custody for now | News
SACRAMENTO, CA - A 17-year-old alleged rape victim/witness will remain in custody for the time being.
Sacramento County prosecutors had the teen placed into juvenile hall awaiting her testimony in a trial alleging suspect Frank William Rackley abducted and raped her last July. Rackley is also a suspect in a second area rape.
The prosecution has defended holding the girl, saying she has run away in the past.
"It's a tough call for our office," said Assistant District Attorney Alan Van Stralen. "It's a very difficult call. We certainly don't want to do this. It's one of the last things we'd want to do but it's something we have to look at the big picture on, there's a very dangerous man out there we believe him to be a serial rapist and we're doing what we have to do in order to have a successful prosecution in this case and protect possible future victims."
The girl's attorney argues the teen is a victim and there are other ways to ensure she will show up to testify.
"It's the wrong decision, obviously," said Attorney Lisa Franco, "she needs to be released. It's the only way she can start moving on, stop being victimized and move on with her life after what's happened to her."
In Sacramento County Court Friday, the court ruled the girl will stay in custody while the option of fitting her with a GPS monitoring device that can't be removed is investigated. The hearing was continued to April 16.
Jonathan Mumm contributed to this story. firstname.lastname@example.org