High School Student Accused of Rape – Verdict: Not Guilty

People v. German Lambert

German was a 17 year old high school student accused of forcibly raping a 16 year student at the same high school.  Because of the racial overtones (German was black and the accuser was white) the case received significant media attention in the Times Union and in the Bethlehem Spotlight.  German acknowledged having sexual relations but always maintained that it was a consensual relationship.

The jury agreed with him and acquitted him of all charges.