The mother of a current sophomore football player in Sayreville, N.J., told the New York Daily News that her son was the victim of abuse last year. She said the circumstances of the abuse are similar to what led seven current upperclassmen players to be charged Friday night.
“Same stuff, it’s disgusting,” said the mom. “It’s not what a mother wants to hear.”
The mother spoke under condition of anonymity, like most everyone else in this case, citing fear of reprisal in the divided community.
She said she only heard the details of the abuse of her son from last year over the last few days. She told the Daily News she had a “sitdown, once and for all” and asked what was happening.
The woman declined to provide specifics, but the Daily News reported she nodded when told the circumstances that have been reported of four incidents that the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said took place between Sept. 19 and Sept. 29.
Three of the players are charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal restraint, and hazing for engaging in an act of sexual penetration upon one of the victims, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey.
One of those players and the remaining four teammates were charged with various counts including aggravated assault, conspiracy, aggravated criminal sexual contact, hazing and riot by participating in the attack of the remaining victims, Carey said.
The mother said there is a “war” going on between team parents with one side saying that students who were not involved are being victimized by the season being canceled and the other side shocked at the abuse suffered by the victims.
“I’m not getting it,” she said, shaking as she spoke. “These are our kids. Maybe some of us could have said something, done something.”
Meanwhile, more graphic details emerged Saturday with a parent explaining why seven players were charged. The parent told NJ Advance Media that four players would pin a freshman to the locker room floor. Two would provide lookout at the door. And one player would howl, cut off the lights and digitally penetrate the freshman. The parent said the information was provided by their son.
“It’s sickening,” the parent told NJ Advance Media. “Just think if my son or somebody else’s son wanted to leave and they either felt overwhelmed by it, [or felt] they couldn’t leave because there was somebody at the door. It’s like being in a bad dream.”