GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Grand Rapids-area man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit blames police, not the young victim.
Quentin Carter’s conviction was erased by a Kent County judge Thursday, a few weeks after prosecutor William Forsyth apologized and said the 1992 case was wrong.
Carter was 16 when he was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a 10-year-old girl. While in prison, he had surgery for a brain tumor but no family or friends were around to help him recover.
Carter tells our sister station WOOD-TV that Grand Rapids police failed to thoroughly investigate the allegations against him in the early ’90s.
Police in recent months learned that a man had coerced the girl to blame Carter for the assault because of an unpaid debt.