Sayreville football players get probation in hazing case
Six of the seven Sayreville high school football players accused of sexually assaulting or abusing four younger teammates have been placed on probation and ordered to serve 50 hours of community service, according to the Middlesex County prosecutor.
Four of the teens pleaded guilty in family court to charges of committing a disorderly persons offense of hazing, and third-degree endangering the welfare of their younger fellow teammates. The four will serve two years of probation as part of the plea.
Earlier this month, two other players were cleared of the most serious charges and pleaded guilty to disorderly persons charges. They will serve one year of probation.
None of the teens will have to register as sex offenders under Megan's Law as part of the pleas. One of the players was also placed on curfew as a part of his two-year probation.
The seventh teen defendant is still awaiting trial. The names of all of the defendants have not been released due to their ages.
"The community of Sayreville needs to know that these serious crimes occurred, and now must work together to heal," said Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey in a statement.
In October 2014, seven Sayreville War Memorial High School football players were arrested and accused of hazing and sexually assaulting four of their younger teammates. Sayreville School Superintendent Dr. Richard Labbe canceled the remainder of the season.
Coach George Najjar was fired a few months later. Chris Beagan, former head coach at Monroe High School, was hired to replace Najjar.
The Sayreville War Memorial High School football team's first home since the incident is expected to be held on Sept. 11.