POLICE are investigating the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl at her own home in Bonnyrigg.
The distressed teenager has been helping detectives since her ordeal on Sunday night.
A man was held by officers but later released.
A family friend was today quoted saying: “She is such a sweet girl, I can’t imagine what she has gone through.
“The whole family is shocked that such a thing could happen in the place where she should be able to feel safe.”
The girl is currently being cared for at the family home.
A police spokesman said: “Officers are investigating reports of a serious sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl at an address in Bonnyrigg on Sunday.
“A male was detained and released without charge. Inquiries are ongoing.”