None of the seven Sayreville, New Jersey, high school football players accused of hazing and sexually abusing some of their teammates will be charged as adults, prosecutors said Monday in a case that has gotten national attention.
Police arrested the seven players Oct. 10 in the community about an hour south of New York City. Prosecutors accused three of the players of more serious crimes, including an act of sexual penetration, and the school district canceled the rest of the Sayreville Bombers' football season.
"The conduct in which the juvenile defendants engaged was serious and that is why criminal charges were filed," Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said in a statement, adding that the best forum for the cases was 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 seven youths — who are 15 to 17 years old — were taken into custody on charges of juvenile delinquency arising from the attacks on four victims in four separate incidents at Sayreville War Memorial High School. They remain under house arrest and in the custody of their parents.
The identities of the defendants can't be released because of their ages, nor can the legal complaints filed regarding the case be publicized. Under the law, such hearings are also closed to the public.