Last suspect take plea offer in NJ child sex case

March 11, 2011 1:03:56 PM PST
Prosecutors in New Jersey have agreed to drop all sex charges against the last of six defendants charged in what police initially said was the gang-rape of a 7-year-old girl pimped out by her 15-year-old stepsister.

Rape charges were dropped Friday against 21-year-old Gregory Leary, who instead pleaded guilty to two counts of child endangerment. He's expected to get probation when he's sentenced next month.

Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Jennifer Downing says the rape charges in the case were dropped because of a lack of evidence and because the 7-year-old couldn't identify any of the suspects.

The 15-year-old girl and five other men and boys have pleaded guilty to child endangerment and trespassing charges.