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DA: Hofstra rape claim was made up

A female student falsely claimed she was raped

A female student falsely claimed she was raped in a bathroom in a Hofstra dorm, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Wednesday. Four suspects were cleared of all charges and released from jail Wednesday night. (Sept. 16, 2009) Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

Four men were freed after a Hofstra student recanted her allegations of rape.

A female Hofstra student who lives in this
Photo Credit: James Carbone

A female Hofstra student who lives in this Manhattan apartment building on Riverside Drive falsely accused five men of gang raping her after a campus party, the DA said.

A Hofstra student's rape claim was recanted, Nassau
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A Hofstra student's rape claim was recanted, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Wednesday night. From left, Jesus Ortiz, Kevin Taveras, Stalin Felipe and Rondell Bedward give a thumbs-up after being released from a Nassau jail and cleared of charges. (Sept. 16, 2009)

Stalin Felipe hugs Rondell Bedward outside East Meadow
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Stalin Felipe hugs Rondell Bedward outside East Meadow Jail Wednesday night after Nassau officials announced that a Hofstra student's rape claim against them had been recanted. (Sept. 16, 2009)

A Hofstra student's rape claim was recanted, Nassau
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A Hofstra student's rape claim was recanted, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Wednesday night. From left, From left, Jesus Ortiz, Kevin Taveras, Stalin Felipe and Rondell Bedward after being released from a Nassau jail and cleared of all charges. (Sept. 16, 2009)

Kevin Tavaras celebrates being cleared of all charges
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Kevin Tavaras celebrates being cleared of all charges and released from jail on Wednesday, after rape charges by a Hofstra University student were recanted by a female student. (Sept. 16, 2009)

Kevin Tavaras and Rondell Bedward celebrate being released
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Kevin Tavaras and Rondell Bedward celebrate being released from jail after they were cleared of rape charges on Wednesday night. (Sept. 16, 2009)

Kevin Tavaras is happy to be released from
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Kevin Tavaras is happy to be released from jail after all rape charges against him were dropped. The accuser, a Hofstra student, recanted her allegations against four men, said Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice. (Sept. 16, 2009)

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice announces that a
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Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice announces that a Hofstra student made up allegations that she was tied up and gang raped by five men. (Sept. 17, 2009)

Nassau DA Kathleen Rice announces a Hofstra student
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau DA Kathleen Rice announces a Hofstra student who claimed she was tied up and gang raped by five men made the allegations up.

Ramiro Taveras, left, Giselle Taveras and Kevin Taveras,
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Ramiro Taveras, left, Giselle Taveras and Kevin Taveras, watch Nassau DA Kathleen Rice's press conference on their home television in Brentwood on Thursday. Rice announced that all rape charges against Kevin Taveras and three other men were being dropped.

Ramiro Taveras, father of Kevin Taveras, holds a
Photo Credit: Keith Herbert

Ramiro Taveras, father of Kevin Taveras, holds a note that was anonymously delivered to his home in Brentwood. On Wednesday, the DA said all charges against Kevin and three other men accused of raping a Hofstra student were being dropped.

Kevin Taveras speaks to a television news crew
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Kevin Taveras speaks to a television news crew in the driveway of his family's Brentwood home. "I was very scared being inside for four days, everyone looking at us like criminals," Taveras said. (Sept. 17, 2009)

On his first day out of jail, Kevin
Photo Credit: Mario Gonzalez

On his first day out of jail, Kevin Taveras, 20, of Brentwood, says he is relieved the truth came out. Rape accusations by a Hostra student against Taveras and four other men were proven false, the DA said Wednesday.

A female Hofstra student who lives in this
Photo Credit: James Carbone

A female Hofstra student who lives in this Manhattan apartment building on Riverside Drive falsely accused five men of gang raping her after a campus party, the DA said.

This photo, taken through the peephole of a
Photo Credit: Hofstra Chronicle / Sean M. Gates

This photo, taken through the peephole of a dorm room at Hofstra, shows two Nassau County police officers questioning student Rondell Bedward. The photo was taken the morning after a student reported that she had been raped.

A female student's claim that men lured her
Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

A female student's claim that men lured her away from a party at Hofstra U.S.A., pictured, and raped her was proven false, the DA said Wednesday night. (Sept. 15, 2009)

A female student falsely claimed she was raped
Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

A female student falsely claimed she was raped in a bathroom in a Hofstra dorm, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Wednesday. Four suspects were cleared of all charges and released from jail Wednesday night. (Sept. 16, 2009)

A female student falsely claimed she was raped
Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

A female student falsely claimed she was raped in a bathroom in Estabrook Hall, pictured, during a Hofstra campus party, the DA said. Four suspects were cleared of all charges and released from jail Wednesday night. (Sept. 15, 2009)

A female student falsely claimed she was raped
Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

A female student falsely claimed she was raped in a bathroom in Estabrook Hall, pictured, during a Hofstra campus party, the DA said. Four suspects were cleared of all charges and released from jail Wednesday night. (Sept. 15, 2009)

Suspects Kevin Taveras, left, and Stalin Felipe are
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Suspects Kevin Taveras, left, and Stalin Felipe are led out of Nassau Police headquarters to be arraigned on rape charges on Tuesday in Mineola. On Wednesday, they were cleared of all charges, the Nassau D.A. said. (Sept. 15, 2009)

Kevin Taveras, left, and Stalin Felipe are led
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Kevin Taveras, left, and Stalin Felipe are led from Nassau Police headquarters in Mineola to be arraigned on rape charges. On Wed., Sept. 16, all charges were dropped, after the female student told prosecutors she lied about the incident, the Nassau D.A. said. (Sept. 15, 2009)

Kevin R. Taveras, Rondell Bedward, Jesus L. Ortiz

Kevin R. Taveras, Rondell Bedward, Jesus L. Ortiz and Stalin Felipe were cleared of all charges after rape allegations against them were proven false, the DA said Wednesday night.

Jesus L. Ortiz, 19, of the Bronx, was
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Jesus L. Ortiz, 19, of the Bronx, was cleared of all rape charges after a Hofstra University student who made the accusation told the Nassau district attorney's office that she had lied about the incident. (Sept. 14, 2009)

Kevin R. Taveras, 20, of 116 Lukens Ave.,
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Kevin R. Taveras, 20, of 116 Lukens Ave., Brentwood, was cleared of all charges after a Hofstra student's rape claim was proven false, according to the Nassau district attorney. (Sept. 14, 2009)

Stalin Felipe, 19, of the Bronx, was cleared
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Stalin Felipe, 19, of the Bronx, was cleared of all charges after a Hofstra student's rape claim was proven false, a source said Thursday night.

Hofstra student Rondell Bedward, 21, of the Bronx,
Photo Credit: NCPD

Hofstra student Rondell Bedward, 21, of the Bronx, was cleared of all charges after a Hofstra student's rape claim was proven false a source said.

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