TRENTON - Seven state troopers who were suspended after a woman contended that she was raped at one of their homes will not be charged with a crime, a prosecutor said yesterday.
Stephanie Kurowsky, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex County Prosecutor said the case has been closed, but would not comment further.
Lawyers for the troopers said the system worked and their clients have been cleared.
"Our clients are elated that they have been completely exonerated. They look forward to resuming their careers and their lives," the lawyers said in a joint statement.
The case is not over for the troopers, who now face possible departmental charges and could lose their jobs.
The state police superintendent, Col. Rick Fuentes, has requested case files from Middlesex County prosecutors, according to a law enforcement official who is familiar with the case but requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak about it.
The troopers remained suspended with pay yesterday, the official said. It was unclear if their status will change before Fuentes finishes his review.
In December, a woman told authorities that she had been raped by a group of troopers she met at a Trenton night club.
She claimed the incident occurred at the Ewing Township home of one of the troopers.
No formal charges were ever filed as investigators first from the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office, then from Middlesex County looked into the story.
The woman, who told authorities about the incident, said there was enough evidence to go ahead with charges against all seven troopers, said her lawyer, Nat Dershowitz.
"The victim is extremely upset that the DA's office is not going to present the case to the grand jury and is not going to prosecute the matter," Dershowitz said. "She feels she has been left without any justice."
He said there were delays in the investigation and his client was not treated fairly. He also said it appears the case was closed administratively rather than with a grand jury deciding there was not enough evidence to prosecute.
Dershowitz said the 24-year-old woman, who was a student at Rider University at the time of the alleged incident, will now weigh her legal options, including filing a civil lawsuit and asking the United States Attorney's Office to investigate the case as a civil rights violation.