PACTOLUS, PITT COUNTY - The Pitt County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that no charges will be filed for an alleged rape of a 7-year-old girl at her school.
According to the father of the alleged victim, a 15-year-old student took his 7-year-old daughter to a restroom at Pactolus Elementary, where he "pretty much raped her." The alleged incident happened on May 28.
But Assistant District Attorney Jay Saunders told NewsChannel 12 there is not enough evidence to files charges. Saunders said something did happen to the girl, but investigators could not determine more details. As a result, the case has been closed.
David Sutton represents the family of the 7-year-old. He said since the alleged sexual assault happened at the school, regulations prevent the parents from gaining access to new evidence. Instead, it's up the to the investigators to do so, Sutton said.
"If they've announced it closed, that means that the only people that can get more evidence are not looking for it," Sutton told NewsChannel 12. "Do we not want to find out what the facts really are? To prevent whoever did this from doing it to somebody else or that little girl again?"
The father of the 7-year-old is expected to speak out regarding the closing of the case.
The Pitt County NAACP said they also believe the girl was sexually assaulted, based on medical documents.
In a news conference at the group's Greenville headquarters on July 3, NAACP officials said no charges were filed because deputies and the district attorney have not been investigating like they should have.
NAACP officials said they believe the alleged victim told the truth when she pointed out the suspect to her parents. According to the NAACP, the girl's family is incredibly disturbed after learning that no charges will be filed.
"Someone needs to be arrested. Someone needs to be charged.", said Calvin Henderson, president of the Pitt County NAACP.
Brock Letchworth, the public information officer for Pitt County Schools, issued a statement in response to the NAACP.
"Since the very first day we heard about the allegation at Pactolus, the district has worked diligently with law enforcement to help them gather all of the information they needed. There are more than 23,000 students in the Pitt County school system and our district values the safety and well-being of every one of them."
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