Sayreville Players Avoid Being Placed on the Sex Offender Registry
It’s been almost year since a hazing scandal rocked the Sayreville High School football program. In the wake of the scandal, the football program was canceled for the season, its head coach fired, and seven players were charged with sexually abusing fellow teammates. The incident was so scandalizing that there was a question of whether the players would face juvenile family court or be charged as adults. According to reports, four of the players pled guilty in Family Court and two were convicted of lying to the police and simple assault. The six teenagers all received probation and 50 hours of community service.
What is interesting is in a last-minute reversal by the judge, the teenagers were kept of the sex offender registry. What would have happened if the teens were put on the sex offender registry? According to the New Jersey law, if a teen is placed on the registry, they must wait 15 years after the offense before they can petition the court to remove their names from the registry and that’s if they don’t commit another sexual crime. Being on the registry can essentially change someone’s life and not in a good way. Not only do they have to register with the police, but they would have notify local schools, have their identity posted on the Internet, and notify any neighbors and employers of their status.
With the reversal, the Sayreville players’ futures have been saved. Hopefully, they learned their lesson.
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