Central Park's Strawberry Fields Scene of Statutory Rape Arrest

By Tom Liddy on June 26, 2011 2:59pm 

A man was arrested for statutory rape near Strawberry Fields.
A man was arrested for statutory rape near Strawberry Fields.
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By Tom Liddy

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN - A man was arrested for statutory rape in Central Park's Strawberry Fields Sunday morning, sources said.

The suspect, Matthew Woods, 27, was charged with third-degree rape for the alleged 6:15 a.m. incident near 72nd Street and Central Park West.

Sources said the 15-year-old victim said the sex was consensual.  It is not clear how the suspect and alleged victim know each other.

The area was cordoned off for much of the day while police investigated.

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