The sixth teen accused in the Prince Prince's suicide court case has thanked Phoebe’s family for dropping the charge of statutory rape against him.
Austin Renaud said "I want to express my deep appreciation to the Prince family for their intervention with the authorities and their recommendation to drop charges brought against me as a result of the investigation of the death of Ms. Prince," according to Boston Herald reports.
"This has been a very difficult and emotional experience for all involved…and their kindness and consideration is appreciated.”
“I want to express my sympathy and condolences to the family…My thoughts and prayers continue to be with her family as they endure the pain of the passing of Phoebe.”
Renaud released this statement through his lawyer Terrence M Dunphy.
He was the only one of the six indicted in the case who was not charged with bullying the 15-year-old Irish student who was driven to suicide. He was charged with statutory rape but this charge was dropped last week.
The rest of the accused have been sentenced to probation and community service. They were also barred from contacting Prince's family or profit from the case while on probation.
Prosecutors alleged during the trial that is was the students jealous over Prince's relationships with Renaud and other male students that led to the horrific bullying which drove the 15-year-old County Clare student to suicide.