Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that seven juvenile defendants charged with sexually assaulting four victims in Sayreville will have their cases heard before a Family Court judge.
“The conduct in which the juvenile defendants engaged was serious and that is why criminal charges were filed,” Carey said. “The appropriate forum for the resolution of these cases is Middlesex County Family Court. Asking the court to waive these seven juvenile cases to adult court would not best serve the interests of the victims, the community, or the defendants.”
The decision was announced today to defense attorneys representing the juvenile defendants, who remain under house arrest and in the custody of their parents. Under law, such hearings are closed to the public.
The seven juvenile defendants were taken into custody on charges of juvenile delinquency arising from the attacks upon four victims in four separate incidents at Sayreville War Memorial High School.
The juvenile defendants range in age from 15 to 17 years old. Under the law, complaints signed against juveniles are not public records and cannot be released. Their identities are being withheld because of their ages.
Three of the juvenile defendants are charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal restraint, and hazing for engaging in an act of sexual penetration upon one of the juvenile victims.
One of those juvenile defendants and the remaining four juvenile defendants were charged with various counts including aggravated assault, conspiracy, aggravated criminal sexual contact, hazing and riot by participating in the attack of the remaining victims.
The complaints charge that on various dates between September 19, 2014 and September 29, 2014, one or more of the juvenile defendants either held the victims against their will, while other juvenile defendants improperly touched the juvenile victims in a sexual manner.
It also is charged that in one instance, one of the juvenile victims was kicked during an attack.
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