Charges Dropped Against 4 Brooklyn Men Accused Of Raping Jewish Teen
Another high-profile and controversial court case has crumbled. The Brooklyn District Attorney's office has officially dropped all charges against four Crown Heights, Brooklyn men who were accused of raping and pimping out an Orthodox Jewish teen girl from their neighborhood for a period of 8 years, starting when she was 13.

Two of the men, Damien Crooks and Darrell Dula, spent 10 months in prison. The other two men, brothers Jawali and Jawara Brockett, are still behind bars on other charges.

The case crumbled after the accuser, now 22, with a history of mental illness, apparently recanted her story, and in April, it came out that the DA's office sat on it. The head of the DA's sex trafficking unit, Lauren Hersh, since resigned.

District Attorney Charles Haynes said, "There was clearly a recantation which was one of the things that was not disclosed." He said that prompted his office to re-investigate, and they found they did not have a case they could take to court.

Today, advocates against sex trafficking spoke out, and the alleged victim's father issued a long statement, reading in part: "Our family has the misfortune of living under the jurisdiction of the Brooklyn District Attorney, who regards the psychological confusion and fear my daughter experienced during her enslavement as proof that she sought out, enjoyed and deserved her victimization." I read that to Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes. His response: "Look, I understand his frustration as a father, and if there's anyway I would have continued this prosecution, it would have been done."

Dula told PIX 11 he is overjoyed, "I just want to start a new chapter in my life, put all this behind me."

Crooks' Attorney, Elliott Kay admitted that the alleged victim and his client were more than just fronds, "It was definitely a consensual relationship amongst the parties when she was of age, there was nothing criminal."

When asked if Crooks had anything to say to his accuser, he replied, "It wasn't good what she did, but I forgive her."

Crooks says he wants to go to school, and get a job. Dula says he wants to spend time with his 4-year-old son, go to college, and go back to work. Their attorneys won't say whether they'll bring a suit against the DA's office.