A Morristown NJ man was recently convicted of sexually assaulting an underage female in 2011.
The suspect had been accused of participating in the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl in a car parked in Morristown, New Jersey. According to Morris County NJ prosecutors, the suspect and two of his friends raped the victim while she was drunk on September 4, 2011. The victim and her rapists were reportedly hanging out together at the Lafayette Learning Center in Morristown, NJ.
At some point, the suspect drove the victim home. The victim reportedly drank a lot of alcohol and was highly intoxicated, causing her to pass out. When the victim woke up, the suspect was on top of her and having sex with her in the vehicle. While the suspect sexually assaulted the victim, she struggled to remain conscious.
At the time of the sexual assault, the suspect was 17 years old. However, he was still charged as an adult, not a juvenile, for the sex crime. That’s because a Morris County Superior Court Family Division judge waived the suspect up to adult court.
The other two suspects were 17 years old and 18 years old, respectively, at the time of the gang rape. They were both charged as adults as well, but they ultimately pleaded guilty to lesser offenses of criminal sexual contact.
Meanwhile, the Morristown NJ suspect faced criminal charges for aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault.
At the conclusion of the Morristown suspect’s recent trial in Morris County Superior Court, the jury deliberated for just 50 minutes before returning a guilty verdict on the sexual assault charges.
For more information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article, “Man Convicted of Joining in Gang Rape of Morristown Teen.”