Man sent to prison for rape he didn’t commit blames police

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.

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