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NC Woman Who Accused Duke Players Released On Bail

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- The woman who falsely accused Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 has been released from jail, but cannot see her children at all.

The News and Observer of Raleigh reported that Judge Milton Fitch freed Crystal Gail Mangum on $100,000 bail Friday, but said she can no longer see her children. Mangum was arrested earlier in the week and charged with violating a prior visitation order while she was out on bail on an arson charge from February.

Mangum's attorney Mani Dexter says her client is the children's primary caregiver and couldn't help but violate the strict terms of her prior release.

Police say Mangum set clothes on fire in a bathroom of the home she shared with her then-boyfriend while her children and police were at the house.


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