Attorneys for the teenagers accused in the alleged assault at Clyde-Savannah High School filed a motion for dismissal or reduction of charges. Defense attorney Michael Schiano, representing one of the accused, argued that the felony charges should be reduced to misdemeanors.
The incident, which took place on October 31, 2023, in the school’s locker room, led to the indictment of four boys from Clyde. Three students face charges of aggravated sexual abuse, hazing, and forcible touching, while a 15-year-old is charged with unlawful surveillance.
Acting Wayne County District Attorney Christine Callanan has requested the denial of the motion to dismiss. She emphasized the need to remember that all parties involved are children and should be treated as such, acknowledging the strong community reactions and rumors.
The 14-year-old victim has returned to school, and the defendants are suspended for the school year with a stay-away order to protect the victim. Judge Richard Healy is set to rule on the motion on February 2.
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