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Outstanding high school athletes charged in hazing allegations

When a juvenile is charged with a crime in New Jersey, there is so much at stake for that individual's future. Juveniles' brains are still developing, and this means that their decision making skills are nowhere near the level of an adult's. Unfortunately, this means that a momentary indiscretion in youth can hurt employment opportunities, higher education opportunities and so much more.

Three teenagers in New York have been charged as adults in alleged crimes relating to hazing. The students all run track at a prestigious high school. Reportedly, the three track members allegedly hazed a younger track member by touching him in a sexual manner over his clothing and threatening to rape him.

All three of the teenagers, ages 16 and 17, pleaded not guilty to the serious charges leveled against them. The father of one of these young men reports that his son had to drop out of the state championships because of these charges. Beyond missing out on that opportunity, the father reports that his son is completely devastated by all of this.

Unfortunately, hazing has become a pattern of behavior across various teams and organizations across the country. Accordingly, many courts are taking these charges very seriously. However, one report indicates that hazing has been an issue at this school in past years. Many teens simply think of this behavior as an initiation or rite of passage, rather than illegal activity.

In many instances what may seem relatively harmless can be met with extremely serious consequences. Whether a juvenile in New Jersey is charged with hazing or anything else, it is important to aggressively defend against the accusations to protect the individual's future. It is especially imperative if the teen has been charged as an adult, as a conviction under such circumstances will mean more severe consequences.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Bronx Science Hazing: Email Suggests Sex Abuse At School Has Existed For Years, Report Says," Ron Dicker, March 6, 2013

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