Wayne County Judge Rick Healy ruled on Wednesday that the cases of three Clyde-Savannah High School football players will remain in the criminal court system, citing the “extraordinary circumstances” and “heinous manner” of the alleged crime.
First Assistant District Attorney Christine Callanan made a motion to prevent the transfer of these cases to Family Court, which was accepted by the judge.
The three teenagers, aged 17, 16, and 15, face serious charges including felony sexual abuse and misdemeanor counts of hazing and forcible touching, accused of assaulting a 14-year-old boy in the school locker room on October 31.
Additionally, a 16-year-old is charged with a felony count of unlawful surveillance for allegedly recording the incident.
The 15-year-old’s case, however, must be processed in Family Court due to his age, as per the state’s Raise the Age legislation enacted between 2018 and 2019.
Under the Raise the Age law, 16- and 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors are classified as juvenile delinquents and their cases are typically handled in Family Court.
Those charged with felonies are considered adolescent offenders, with their cases initially starting in the Youth Part of county court. Judge Healy, having reviewed the allegations and a video of the incident, determined that the extraordinary and heinous nature of the crime warranted keeping the cases in the criminal court system.
The next court date is set for January 17.
Meanwhile, the victim has returned to school, with Callanan noting his resilience given the circumstances. The incident had a significant impact on the school community.
Clyde-Savannah teens accused of assaulting student will appear in court Wednesday
The four teenage boys, previously involved in an alleged assault at Clyde Savannah High School, are scheduled to return to court on Wednesday.
The accused individuals include two 16-year-olds, a 17-year-old, and a 15-year-old, charged with assaulting a 14-year-old boy. Among the serious charges faced by three of the teens are felony aggravated sexual abuse, first-degree hazing, and forcible touching.
The other 16-year-old, charged with unlawful surveillance, is being referred to family court due to his age at the time of the incident.
The case has sparked community concern, evident in a recent Clyde-Savannah school board meeting. Parents expressed frustration over not being able to discuss their concerns regarding the incident.
The four teens will appear in court later today at 3:30 p.m.
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