Judge to Rule if Accused Rapists Will Be Tried as Adults

Two Morristown men were 17 at the time of alleged incident in September 2011.

A hearing to determine if two Morristown men currently in family court will be tried as adults for an alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl is scheduled to reconvene Thursday morning.

A pair of publicly unidentified men were 17 in September 2011, when they and 19-year-old Tyrec Philips, also of Morristown, are accused of having sexually assaulted a girl after having allegedly giving her something to drink that made her fall in and out of consciousness. The case has thus far been before Morris County Superior Court Family Division Judge Michael Paul Wright, but prosecutors have sought to try the unidentified pair as adults.

The two men in family court have not been named because of their ages at the time of the alleged incident. The matter was last before the judge in October.

If convicted as adults, the men could face up to 20 years in prison, compared to the maximum juvenile sentence of four years.

The two men, now 18, remain in the Morris County Juvenile Detention  Center while their trial status is determined. Their parents and attorneys have lobbied unsuccessfully on several occasions for them to be released to house arrest. Philips, the only adult at the time of the alleged incident,  in September.


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