Two Sayreville Defendants Found Not Guilty in Connection With Hazing
Two of the teenagers allegedly involved in the Sayreville High School hazing scandal have been found not guilty on the most serious charges they faced in connection with the locker room incident, NJ.com reported Monday.
Richard P. Klein, an attorney for one of the defendants, told the website that his client was found not guilty "on the six initial charges leveled by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office," according to the NJ.com story. The teen was charged with aggravated sexual contact, conspiracy to commit aggravated sexual contact as well as aggravated assault. While he was not found guilty of the more serious offenses, Klein told NJ.com that the teen was found guilty of disorderly persons and petty disorderly persons offenses during a hearing in Family Court. He refused to discuss the sentence his client faces.
The alleged hazing and sexual assaults led to the cancellation of Sayreville War Memorial High School's 2014 football season. Seven students ages 15-17 on the Bombers football team were charged with juvenile delinquency by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in connection with four separate alleged attacks on underclassmen that took place in the high school locker room. Three of the students were charged with sexual assault. Authorities say the charges stem from incidents that allegedly took place on various dates between Sept. 19 and 29 of 2014 and involved one or more of the defendants holding the victims against their will, “while other juvenile defendants improperly touched the juvenile victims in a sexual manner.
In February, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey rejected the efforts of media organizations to allow the press and members of the public into the juvenile court during the hearings.