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Cops: Dacula rape allegation unfounded

DACULA — Police now believe allegations of rape filed by a Dacula High School student are unfounded.

The 14-year-old girl told Gwinnett County police earlier this month that she had been raped by a 17-year-old senior in an incident that began on Dacula High's campus. The alleged victim originally said she and the male had walked across the street from the school's football field on Dec. 4, and the accused had pushed her against the wall of a building and raped her.

That is no longer believed to be true, police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Tuesday.

"The investigation is ongoing," Ritter said, but "the rape did not occur."

Misdemeanor statutory rape charges could possibly be filed against the original suspect, authorities said. Ritter said the two parties are now believed to have had consensual sex, but the alleged victim is younger than the age of consent.

The Daily Post does not identify alleged victims of sexual crimes.