A man spent nearly a year behind bars on charges that he raped a woman - even though a day after she made her accusation, she retracted it.
Darrell Dula, 25, who has been in jail since June 28 last year, was freed on Tuesday.
His surprise release came after Brooklyn prosecutors turned over a newly discovered statement that Dula’s 22-year-old accuser, a Jewish Orthdox woman, made to police in which she says he never raped her.
By Wednesday night, Dula was back at home in Crown Heights, playing with his three-year-old son for the first time in a year.
He told The New York Times that he was 'overjoyed.' 'I’m relieved that the truth came out,' he added.
The ex-prosecutor in the case, has admitted she doubted the accuser's credibility, but the District Attorney's Office pressured her to push forward anyway.
The alleged victim made a complaint to police, accusing Dula of being part of a group who raped, beat and prostituted her since she was aged 13 - Dula was charged with forcible rape.
He was one of four men arrested - the other three, Damien Crooks, Jamali Brockett and Jawara Brockett, were charged with sex trafficking by District Attorney Charles Hynes back in June last year.
But the day after the woman made the rape allegation, she told detectives she had been a hooker since she was 13, and had made up the story.
'When the detective asked her why did you make up the story? She replied and this is what the detective wrote in his official report, ‘Can’t a ho change her life?’” said James Phillips, Dula’s attorney to CBSlocal.com.
The woman also signed a recantation, but the case proceeded.
But it was only this week that Dula's lawyers learned of the recantation and police interview this week.
Prosecutor Rebecca Gingold discovered teh missing documents.
She had replaced Assistant District Attorney Abbie Greenberger on the case after she recently left her job.
Justice Wayne Ozzi was informed that in reviewing, Gingold noticed the documents were missing.
She found them down and immediately turned them over to Dula's lawyer James Phillips.
This week Abbie Greenberger has admitted she found inconsistencies in the 22-year-old accuser’s account:
'When I brought the inconsistencies to Lauren Hersh (chief of the sex-trafficking unit at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office), I was told that I didn’t do my job right and that I’m trying to dismiss the case and that I should work harder,' Ms Greenberger told the New York Daily News.