Bergen County prosecutors recently offered plea deals to four teenagers accused of child endangerment in Elmwood Park, New Jersey.
The suspects allegedly committed a sex crime on June 21, 2014. According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspects videotaped themselves during a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old female minor who was drunk. The 45-second video was reportedly recorded on one of the suspect’s iPhones.
After the alleged sexual offense, the victim’s parents found her lying unconscious on the family’s front lawn. She was then transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. Doctors treated her for injuries and performed a blood test, which revealed that the victim’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.27 percent.
Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office detectives later conducted an investigation and spoke to the victim, as well as another witness. Investigators were also able to obtain the video that allegedly shows the sexual assault.
Three of the suspects used to be football players for Elmwood Park High School. The three ex-football players are 19 years old, while the fourth suspect in the sexual assault is 18 years old.
The suspects have been charged with multiple sex crimes, including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
The suspects recently made appearances in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack NJ for a second arraignment. The suspects’ first indictment was thrown out by the superior court judge because of a technical glitch that occurred during the video presentation.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office reportedly approached the suspects and offered plea deals that would call for the suspects to enter guilty pleas on the less serious child endangerment charges.
Under the terms of the plea agreements, the suspects would get suspended sentences and avoid any time in prison. Additionally, the suspects would be required to register as sex offenders under Megan’s Law sex offender registration requirements.
If the suspects cannot avoid violating the terms of the plea deals, they could be sentenced to 3-year terms of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison.
After first being arrested and processed, the suspects posting bail amounts ranging from $82,500 to $150,000 and were released from police custody. They will be allowed to remain free on bail while the sexual assault charges remain pending.
For more information about this case, read the SaddleBrookDailyVoice.com article entitled “Elmwood Park Quartet in Video Sex Assault Offered No-Prison Plea Deals.”