Sports

Prosecutor: Six Sayreville Football Players Guilty of Sex Assaults, Hazing

989f921d33a737030098_fed1c2e4977e27f6f529_2eafe75589039d6dbb7c_edb89f709ec5a4752ef7_9f8f9ffe25d475a5079f_c70959bae8a00f55ad3d_dc450a998e9135c07018_1003479d4ea60ee00236_55072af69cca9951caf8_stock_image_-_law_revised_-_v1.jpg
989f921d33a737030098_fed1c2e4977e27f6f529_2eafe75589039d6dbb7c_edb89f709ec5a4752ef7_9f8f9ffe25d475a5079f_c70959bae8a00f55ad3d_dc450a998e9135c07018_1003479d4ea60ee00236_55072af69cca9951caf8_stock_image_-_law_revised_-_v1.jpg

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Judgement day has come for six Sayreville High School football players accused of sexually assaulting and abusing younger team mates, according to officials.

In a press release Monday afternoon, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Spokesman Jim O’Neill, said that the six players charged with assaulting four younger members of the team would all be placed on probationary terms and have to each serve 50 hours of community service.

None of the juveniles, however, would have to register as sex offenders under Megan’s Law, according to the release.

Sign Up for E-News

The sentences were imposed in Family Court in New Brunswick.

A seventh juvenile charged in the case is still awaiting trial in Family Court, according to the release.

The case started last year when police and school officials were notified that several juvenile football players had been abused at the hands of their older team mates during a hazing ritual last fall.

According to the release, the first incident took place on Sept. 19 when a 17-year-old player “body slammed” a 15-year-old player and then “pretended” to stomp and kick him, exposing him to bodily injury.

A week later, the same 17-year-old, two other juveniles and a 16-year-old player, knocked a 14-year-old boy to the ground.

Two members of the group grabbed the boy’s penis and tried to digitally penetrate his anus, according to the release.

Several other unidentified students surrounded the victim during the attack, the release said.

On Sept. 29, three 15-year-old defendants assaulted a 14-year-old boy by digitally penetrating his anus through his clothes as two of the defendants held him down.

The next day, one of the 15-year-old boys swiped his fingers through the buttocks of yet another 14-year-old boy, according to the release.

The six football players and the other juvenile charged in the attacks were taken into custody in October.

The case caused Sayreville to forfeit it’s highly anticipated game against South Brunswick High School and then, the entire season.

The entire coaching staff was also replaced following the incidents.

Four of the six players pleaded guilty to disorderly persons offenses and hazing as part of a deal reached with prosecutors and will each be on probation for two years, according to the release.

As a result, the county said it would not make them register as sex offenders after speaking to the families of the victims.

Two other players were placed on one-year of probation for their roles in the assaults, according to the release.

“As was previously disclosed, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that the defendants would not be tried as adults and that the Middlesex County Family Court remains the proper venue for these cases,” Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in the release. “While the Code of Juvenile Justice provides confidentiality for the protection of juveniles, that confidentiality, unfortunately, allows for certain individuals to unscrupulously mislead the public as to what occurred at the school and during juvenile proceedings.”

The four juvenile defendants who have pleaded guilty have been ordered to provide truthful testimony against their co-defendants, and were ordered to have no contact with the victims, according to the release.

In addition, one of them was placed on curfew while serving his two-year probationary term.

“The facts that were alleged by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at the beginning of this case have clearly been proven in a court of law. The community of Sayreville needs to know that these serious crimes occurred, and now must work together to heal,” Prosecutor Carey said. “I thank those who went to extraordinary lengths throughout the proceedings to protect the rights of the victims, the juvenile delinquents, and the families of those involved.”

A trial date for the final defendant has not yet been set, according to the release.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

South Brunswick-Cranbury

Police Blotter

South Brunswick and Cranbury Police Blotter

August 9, 2017

Sponsored by Reilly's Collision Center in Monmouth Junction. Click here and scroll down for the latest updates and alerts from South Brunswick and Cranbury Police.

See the most recent messages from South Brunswick Twp Police Department, powered by Nixle.

Gun-wielding suspect drives robbery victim to bank with two young children in tow

April 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers police are investigating a lunchtime robbery on Tuesday in front of Campbell Hall, 617 George St., on the College Avenue campus, which involved two young children and a trip to a Somerset Street bank.

The victim, who is affiliated with Rutgers University, reported that he was walking near Campbell Hall dorm at 12:30 p.m. when a vehicle, ...

South Brunswick: Mayor Killmurray’s Funeral Plans Announced, Township Prepares For Administration Change

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Township officials announced funeral plans for Mayor Christopher Killmurray and plans to deal with filling his position and a second one on the Council.

Killmurray, 55, died at home Sunday morning after battling brain cancer for several years.

According to the township, a viewing is scheduled for 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church at ...

South Brunswick: Mayor Christopher Killmurray, 55, Dies

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Township Mayor Christopher Killmurray died at home Sunday morning, officials announced.

In an alert to residents, Township Manager Bernard Hvozdovic said that Killmurray, 55, passed away at home surrounded by his family after battling brain cancer for several years.

A Democrat, Killmurray was first elected to the Township Council in 2003 and served as deputy ...

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill is a huge blow to the middle-class

April 11, 2018

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” A-2039/S-485 looks poised to make ...

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

The German Girl

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa (Washington Square Press, 2016)

For each of the twelve million victims murdered during World War II there is a gutwrenching story to be told. I have read hundreds of memoirs, biographies, plays, and novels that recount the stories of the martyrs; some are exceptional, some are fair. The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa, an award-winning journalist, ...

State Attorney General Releases Princeton Panera Shooting Video

April 9, 2018

TRENTON – The Attorney General’s Office today released surveillance footage related to the March 20th shooting at Panera Bread in Princeton, New Jersey, during which state troopers fatally shot Scott L. Mielentz, 56, of Lawrenceville, N.J.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team (“SRT”).  However, certain ...

April 12 Webinar "Are You Stressing Your Horse Out?

Dr. Williams will be hosting the webinar "Are You 'Stressing Out' Your Horse? Understanding Types of Stress & How to Manage or Reduce Each."

The presentation will be next Thursday, April 12th at 12:p.m. To join the webinar go https://demo.bigbluebutton.org/b/rooms/ca-70ef9c13/EquineStressWilliams prior to the meeting. 

Test your connection early to ensure ...

Somerset: KPS Garage Offers Spring Time Special

Don't let the weather fool you Spring is here, and KPS Garage is offering a special new and existing customers!

1) Freewheel alignment with the purchase of four tires

2) Spring has Sprung Special $29.95

Change oil & filter 
Free tire rotation
Free 30 point safety inspection

exclusions apply

3) Free pair of Bosch wiper blades with any service or ...