There is growing outrage over a rape case in New Jersey after the presiding judge said the accused teenage rapist deserved leniency because he’s “from a good family.”
The case stems from a 2017 incident where the alleged attacker, identified in court papers is G.M.C. and the alleged victim identified as “Mary” were both intoxicated.
According to court documents, G.M.C.filmed himself penetrating Mary from behind on his cell phone, displaying her bare torso and her head hanging down.
He forwarded the video clip to several friends and later sent a text saying “When your first time having sex was rape.”
The prosecutor argued G.M.C. had sex with Mary while she was physically helpless and unable to provide consent and that G.M.C.’s behavior was calculated and cruel.
They wanted to charge G.M.C. as an adult.
By Judge James Troiano denied the prosecution’s request.
Troiano said the incident wasn’t a “traditional case of rape” because it did not involve two or more attackers or a weapon.
He said G.M.C.’s text was just a 16-year-old kid saying “stupid crap” to his friends.
Troiano also dismissed Mary’s level of intoxication and noted the boy was an Eagle Scout, saying: “This young man comes from a good family who put him into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well. He is clearly a candidate for not just college but probably for a good college.”
Troiano also said trying G.M.C. is an adult could ruin his life.
The decision by Troiano was reversed last month, allowing prosecutors to pursue an indictment against G.M.C. in adult court.
Troiano has not commented on the decision.