Many New Jersey residents will remember the shocking allegations of misconduct
within the Sayerville High School's football program. The incident
took place in Oct. 2014 and made headlines across the nation. Several
teenage boys were accused of
sex crimes after a hazing ritual apparently went too far. Two of those young men
were recently found not guilty in some of those charges, which is a relief
to their families.
A total of four teenage boys were allegedly harmed during the incident,
which took place in the locker room of the school. Seven other boys were
accused of criminal acts related to the matter. Among those charges were
aggravated sexual contact, conspiracy to commit aggravated sexual contact
and aggravated assault. Lesser charges include hazing, riot and criminal
An attorney for one of the accused made a public statement asserting that
the prosecutor in the case was overzealous in bringing such serious charges.
Each of the young men charged in the case will have their own court cases
to defend. However, two of the football players were recently found not
guilty of the more serious sex charges they faced.
Finding oneself the subject of sex charges is a very serious event. A conviction
on such charges can change the course of a young person's life and
can create serious obstacles for attaining a college education or gainful
employment. Fortunately, for these young men, their legal team was able
to convince the court that the actions taken within a New Jersey high
school locker room were not sex crimes.
Source: nj.com, "2 Sayreville football hazing defendants found not guilty on sex charges", Brian Amaral, Aug. 10, 2015