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Matthew Stanmyre has been all over this disturbing case since the beginning and now we have the next step where 7 Sayreville (NJ) High players have now been charged as the hazing allegations have turned into detentions for 6 while one is still being sought.
And this is messy...
From the article:
According to Prosecutor Andrew Carey, three were 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 defendants and four others were charged with various counts including aggravated assault, conspiracy, aggravated criminal sexual contact, hazing and riot by participating in the attack of some of the victims.
According to the complaints filed in the matter, one or more of the players held victims against their will, while others improperly touched victims in a sexual manner. In one case, one of the victims was kicked during an attack, said the prosecutor's office.
Those found guilty would have to register as sexual offenders, but none of the player's names have been released since they're all under the age of 18. Jail time could be substantial- even for juveniles in the case and no coaches or school supervisors were charged yet.
Prevailing opinion is that head coach George Najjar did not know about the alleged hazing in the locker room. Regardless, Najjar may not survive as head coach because of the huge responsibility that goes with the head coaching title.
Asked about the scandal, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that “if these facts as alleged are true, then this is a nightmare for the parents of those young men and it tells us something about the attitude that was allowed to pervade in that program. And both of those things need to be addressed.”
Here's the latest from War Memorial High
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