Typically when people think about sex crimes and sexual assault incidents, they may think about adults or an adult who allegedly abuses a minor child. However, there are times when charges are filed and there are only minors involved in an incident. This appears to be the case in a recent New Jersey incident where a juvenile has been charged with sexual assault against another minor.
The victim in this case is a 12-year-old girl. She recently went to police and said she was assaulted by a boy who had her follow him to his house. The boy she has accused of sexual assault is 17 years old.
Detectives from the county prosecutor's office used social media to locate and identify the boy who is believed to be involved in the incident. He was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault. The boy was sent to a juvenile detention center; however, what he is actually accused of doing to the girl was not reported.
Cases of sexual assault where both parties are minors can be even more complicated than when there are adults involved. Because the accused is a minor himself, he may face different possible punishments or penalties in a New Jersey criminal court, as juveniles are viewed differently than adults in the criminal court system. Any minor facing a serious criminal charge in New Jersey should ensure they are fully aware of their rights and aware of what potential penalties they may face if they were to go to trial.
Source: nj.com, "Police: Teenage boy from Manville sexually assaulted 12-year-old girl," Meghan D. Hodgin, July 31, 2013