Mepham update: big development
previous entries on this story can be found here
All three Mepham High School football players charged with sexually assaulting younger teammates in a hazing incident should be tried as adults, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said today.
In a news conference at the Wayne County Courthouse in Honesdale, Pa., District Attorney Mark Zimmer said he will ask a judge to move all three cases to adult court because "the crimes themelves are so horrific."
This is good news. It was revealed two days ago that the boys brought the broomsticks from home, meaning the "hazing" was premeditated, and not just some silly school pranks gone awry, as some have claimed.
In Pennsylvania, anyone under 18 is considered a juvenile. A prosecutor can directly charge a juvenile as an adult when the suspect is accused of certain felonies committed with a deadly weapon, or if they have been convicted of a serious crime before.
You can see the news conference here.
I'll add my thoughts in a bit.