New Jersey High School Football Players Charged With Sex Crimes Against Fellow Players
Seven students on the Sayreville War Memorial New Jersey High School football team have been charged with sex crimes by local authorities following reports that the older players hazed some of the younger ones.
The Associated Press reports that the accused students, ranging in age from 15 to 17, harassed four others in a sexual manner.
From the AP:
The suspects attacked four students on separate occasions between Sept. 19 and Sept. 29, authorities said. Their investigation found that the suspects held other teens against their will and touched them in a sexual manner. One of the victims was kicked during an attack, authorities said.
Three of the students were charged with aggravated sexual assault, criminal restraint, hazing and other crimes for an act of sexual penetration upon one of the alleged victims, Middlesex County prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said. The four other students were charged with aggravated criminal sexual contact and other crimes.
NJ.com reports that the hazing often resulted in an uwilling player having a finger shoved into his rectum.
A few days prior to the charges, the school’s superintendent canceled the remainder of the school’s football season.
Though seven students have been charged, only six are in custody, according to the AP. Police are searching for the remaining student.
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