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7 Sayreville High School students charged amid hazing investigation

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SAYREVILLE, N.J. (PIX11) -- The Middlesex County Prosecutor has announced that seven Sayreville High School students have been charged amid a hazing scandal that cancelled the school's football season.

The students, ranging from 15 to 17 years old, were detained Friday evening on charges stemming from hazing allegations on younger players on the school's star football team between September 19 and September 29.

The charges include aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal restraint, and hazing.

According to an exclusive report by NJ.com, the locker room hazing ritual would begin with a howl by one of the senior football players. Then the lights would turn off.

The unnamed parent said senior players would proceed to pin a freshman player to the ground with their arms and feet held down. The freshman would be lifted to his feet as a finger was forced into his rectum. Sometimes the finger would be forced into the same freshman’s mouth.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called the allegations "extraordinarily disturbing."

“If the facts as alleged are true, then this is a nightmare for the parents of those young men,” Christie said.  “You think you send your child to a sporting activity that they’re going to be engaged in activity that’s positive for them, that’s uplifting, that teaches them the right type of lessons.”

The identities of the teens arrested have been withheld due to their age.

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