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New Zealand police criticized in Facebook sex case

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Updated: Sun, 10 Nov 2013 06:17:56 EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Facebook bragging by a group of teenage boys about having sex with drunk, underage girls has cast an uncomfortable spotlight on police in New Zealand. Calling themselves the Roast Busters, the Auckland teens publicly named some of the girls and it was two years before their Facebook page was taken down last week following a story on local television. The case is raising questions about how rape allegations are handled, not only by the police but also by other authority figures. Two teenage girls have organized protest marches next Saturday. Police at first said none of the girls involved had made formal complaints. But then they said a 13-year-old had given evidence in 2011. Police said the involvement of an officer's son had nothing to do with their handling the case. Police Minister, Anne Tolley, has ordered an independent investigation.

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