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    http://www.buffalonews.com/258/story/74176.html

    LOCKPORT — The alleged victim in a gang rape last year testified Friday that she didn’t report the incident at first because she didn’t want to be seen as a racist.

    Three African-American 17- year-olds — Nicholas M. Smith and Dontre R. Woods, both of Lockport, and Dartaine M. Ubiles of Niagara Falls — are on trial in Niagara County Court, charged with raping the girl in Woods’ home. The girl is white.

    She was cross-examined Friday by defense attorneys for all three defendants. Each lawyer emphasized differences between the girl’s trial testimony and her previous versions of events, presented in a statement to detectives May 17 and in grand jury testimony in August.

    “At first I had it look like everything was willing because I didn’t want to lose all my friends, I didn’t want it to look like I was racist . . .” the girl told Smith’s attorney, Anthony J. Lana. “I tried to hide the truth to keep them from getting in trouble.”
     

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