Alleged teen rape victim released from custody, but with GPS monitor
A 17-year-old alleged rape victim who was placed in juvenile hall to ensure she would testify was released from custody Monday, a week before she is expected to take the stand in Sacramento.
News 10 in the state capital reported that the teen will be released with GPS monitoring to ensure she does not flee before the April 23 trail. The Associated Press reported that the girl, a key witness, has a history of running away from her foster home.
The teen is slated to testify against defendant Frank Rackley Sr., 37, who prosecutors say abducted and raped her in July.
Superior Court Judge Lawrence G. Brown apologized to the girl Monday, saying she showed "great courage" throughout the ordeal, the Sacramento Bee reported. The paper said Brown had ordered the girl jailed last month after she failed to appear at both Rackley's preliminary hearing and trial.
As a result, prosecutors were forced to drop charges against Rackley in February, but the charges have since been refiled.
-- Matt Stevens