Two of the teenagers allegedly involved in the Sayreville High School hazing scandal have been found not guilty on the most serious charges they faced in connection with the locker room incident, reported Monday.

Scoreboard at Sayreville High School
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Richard P. Klein, an attorney for one of the defendants, told the website that his client was found not guilty "on the six initial charges leveled by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office," according to the story. The teen was charged with aggravated sexual contact, conspiracy to commit aggravated sexual contact as well as aggravated assault. While he was not found guilty of the more serious offenses, Klein told that the teen was found guilty of disorderly persons and petty disorderly persons offenses during a hearing in Family Court. He refused to discuss the sentence his client faces.

According to a later story, in response to Klein's comments to the media earlier Monday, the Middlesex County prosecutor's Office sent a statement to NJ Advance Media and other publications defending the way in which they handled the case.

"Given the professional handling of those matters from their inception, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office is greatly disappointed with the inappropriate and misleading comments by (Richard) Klein," the prosecutor said in the statement released to

The alleged hazing and sexual assaults led to the cancellation of Sayreville War Memorial High School's 2014 football season.

The decision has made some wonder if the incident, which drew national headlines, was overblown. “It seemed like such a slam-dunk by everything you read and everything you heard that it’s shocking to hear that they were found not guilty [of the most serious charges],” former Sayreville head football coach Sal Mistretta told “Now you sit back and you say maybe it could have been overzealous a little bit.

Seven students ages 15-17 on the Bombers football team were charged with juvenile delinquency by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in connection with four separate alleged attacks on underclassmen that took place in the high school locker room. Three of the students were charged with sexual assault. Authorities say the charges stem from incidents that allegedly took place on various dates between Sept. 19 and 29 of 2014 and involved one or more of the defendants holding the victims against their will, “while other juvenile defendants improperly touched the juvenile victims in a sexual manner.
In February, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey rejected the efforts of media organizations to allow the press and members of the public into the juvenile court during the hearings.

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