A judge in New Jersey, United States has reportedly freed a 16-year-old boy from harsh sentence on the grounds that he is from a good home and attends an “excellent school” after he allegedly raped and filmed an intoxicated girl who is his age-mate.
According to NBC news, the state Monmouth County Superior Court judge, James Troiano, rejected the prosecutors’ request in part because, he said, the boy “comes from a good family” and is destined “for a good college.”
“Now, a state appeals court has overturned the decision and warned the judge against showing leniency to juveniles of privilege, raising the question of what such judicial reasoning would mean for ‘juveniles who do not come from good families and do not have good test scores,’” the outlet reports.
Prosecutors in New Jersey can seek to send a juvenile case to adult court for serious crimes, including sexual assault, if the accused is 15 or older, it adds.
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