'Mean Girls' Accused of Faking Sex Assaults to Implicate Boy

A lawsuit takes aim at the accusers' parents
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2018 4:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – A lawsuit filed by the parents of a Pennsylvania boy who was accused of sexually assaulting two teen girls alleges the accusers and their friends conspired against the boy by falsifying the allegations. Per Trib Live, the suit filed in a Pittsburgh federal court claims the boy, identified as T.F., was the target of lies that led to false charges against him and his being bullied at Seneca Valley High School. Dubbing them "Mean Girls" in a play on the conniving characters of the book and film of the same name, the suit filed on behalf of T.F.'s parents alleges one teen girl first claimed he assaulted her in July 2017 while another claimed she witnessed it. Per PennLive, the suit says the accuser was later recorded by school officials as she explained that she made up the assault against T.F., saying "I just don't like him."

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While T.F. was charged in juvenile court, he was given a consent decree in which he admitted no fault while committing to checking in with the probation department for six months. In April, a second girl claimed T.F. entered her home and assaulted her after which two other girls supported her claim, the suit alleges, leading to his being hauled out of school in shackles and placed on home confinement pending a hearing. In May, the suit says three of the girls admitted they had lied to authorities. Prosecutors moved to dismiss charges against T.F. in August. His parents' lawsuit cites gender bias and asks for civil damages against the girls' parents, the school district, and the Butler County District Attorney's office. (Read more sexual assault stories.)

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