Hazing, Sexual Assaults Investigated In Wall

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  WALL – The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has taken over the investigation into hazing and sexual assault that allegedly victimized high school students.

  The hazing involved members of the Wall Township High School football program, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey said. Officers are also looking into one or more unrelated sexual assaults involving juveniles that might have happened off campus.

  Linskey explained that the Wall Police had been involved earlier, “yet out of an abundance of caution, and in order to avoid any appearance of impropriety and to protect the integrity of the investigations, the Department has since been walled off from participating further.”

  The Prosecutor’s Office stated that they are not going to release any more information at this time. The allegations involve juveniles, which means they are confidential by law. They will eventually issue statements about the results of the investigations, even while following the law. They urged against the spread of misinformation and rumor, online and in person.

  “As these investigations unfold, we remain fully aware of the intense focus and unique pressure a national media spotlight has placed on the Wall Township High School community, and are sensitive to safeguarding the mental health and general well-being of students while simultaneously serving the interests of justice,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said. “We are conducting these investigations with the utmost diligence, dedicating every necessary resource in order to uncover the entire truth, and this process will be thorough, fair, and unbiased from beginning to end.”  

  Anyone with any information, including anyone with relevant video recordings, should contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Jose Rodriguez at (732) 431-7160, Ext. 7172. Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about this or any crime can submit a tip to Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tip-line at 1-800-671-4400; by downloading and using the free P3 Tips mobile app; or by going to the website at monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com