Authorities in upstate New York have arrested a 7-year-old boy on third-degree rape charges reportedly connected to an incident that occurred over Thanksgiving.
Following the arrest, the boy from the town of Brasher Falls was released and scheduled to be tried in Family Court.
Queens lawyer Anthony Martone, a specialist in juvenile cases, called the arrest "absurd."
"Instinctually, it shouldn't happen that a 7-year-old — I don't think you even could really realize what you're doing at seven years old," he said. "They'd have to prove he actually physically committed this act, which, to me, it almost seems to be an impossibility."
The law in New York allows authorities to arrest a child as young as seven for "an act that would be a crime if it had been committed by an adult."
Lawmakers in the state are currently working to increase the minimum prosecution age to 12.