Prosecutors Offer Plea Deals to Elmwood Park Suspects Who Allegedly Committed Sexual Assault
Bergen County NJ prosecutors have reportedly offered plea deals to four teens facing child endangerment charges in Elmwood Park, New Jersey.
The suspects are accused of committing a sex crime on June 21, 2014. According to Bergen County authorities, the suspects videotaped their illegal sexual encounter with a 15-year-old female who was intoxicated. One of the suspects allegedly recorded the 45-second video on his iPhone.
After allegedly committing the sex crime, the suspects reportedly left the victim unconscious on her parents’ front lawn. She was then rushed to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, where doctors treated her for her injuries and gave her a blood test. The test reportedly showed that the victim’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.27 percent.
Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office detectives investigated the rape allegations and spoke to the victim and another witness to the sex crime. Investigators also managed to obtain the video that reportedly shows the suspects committing the sexual assault.
Three of the suspects used to play football while attending Elmwood Park High School. All three of the former football players are 19 years old, while the fourth suspect in the rape is 18 years old.
The suspects were arrested and charged with several sexual offenses, including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
The suspects recently had to appear in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack for a second arraignment. The superior court judge threw out the first indictment due to a technical glitch that occurred while the video was being shown.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office recently offered plea deals that call for the suspects to plead guilty to the less serious charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
Under the terms of the plea agreements, the suspects would avoid prison time and instead receive suspended sentences of three years. Additionally, the suspects would be subject to lifetime sex offender registration requirements under Megan’s Law.
After the suspects were initially placed under arrest and processed, they posted bail amounts ranging from $82,500 to $150,000. The suspects can remain free on bail while the sex crime charges are still pending.
For further information about this case, see the SaddleBrookDailyVoice.com article entitled “Elmwood Park Quartet in Video Sex Assault Offered No-Prison Plea Deals.”