Charges Unlikely for Bystanders Who Witnessed Rape on Philadelphia Train

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Prosecutors pursuing the case against a man accused of raping a woman on a commuter train last week don’t anticipate charging fellow passengers for not intervening, reports the Associated Press. District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said prosecutors want witnesses to come forward, rather than fearing prosecution, and said, “Pennsylvania law does not allow for the prosecution of a passenger who may have witnessed a crime.” Police declined to say how many passengers may have witnessed the assault, but have said it appeared that some held their phones up in the direction of the assault, seemingly to film the attack. Police have also declined to say whether investigators have found any photos or videos of the attack posted online.

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