GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – A New York prosecutor has decided not to file criminal charges against a Hofstra University freshman who falsely claimed she was gang-raped in a dormitory bathroom.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice says Danmel Ndonye must undergo mental health treatment and lengthy community service in exchange for not being prosecuted.
The 18-year-old, previously described by the prosecutor as "a deeply troubled woman," had claimed she was attacked following a dance party at a Long Island campus nightclub. Four men were arrested and a fifth was being sought when she recanted the story three days later.
The turning point in the case came when the woman was confronted with existence of a videotape of the encounter, which indicated the sex had been consensual.
The four accused men were released two hours after the woman changed her story.