Hoboken students helped teen rape friend in school, cops say
HOBOKEN — An 18-year-old student is one of four teens charged in connection with the assault of a 17-year-old female student at the high school.
Amir Goodwin, 18, was charged with forcing a girl into a room at Hoboken High School on Nov. 30 and forced her to perform oral sex on him while the others watched, according to a criminal complaint.
Goodwin was released on Tuesday after his detention hearing in Superior Court.
The victim claimed Goodwin touched her breasts, buttocks and vagina, and was assisted in the assault by two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old. The other teens were not named in the criminal complaints released to the public because they are minors.
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said the 17-year-old was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping. The 16-year-olds were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated criminal sexual contact. They were released with conditions with their cases pending in family court.
Goodwin is being charged as an adult with aggravated criminal sexual contact and conspiracy to commit kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault aided by other people.
Suarez said Goodwin recorded the assault on a cell phone. Part of the incident was also captured on Hoboken High School's surveillance cameras, which show the victim being pushed into a room. Police said they confiscated four cellphones, computers and other electronic devices.
The girl considered Goodwin to be a "friend," according to police.
NBC 4 New York cited unnamed law enforcement sources who said that the victim reported the incident immediately and two teens were arrested within hours.
The Adult Sex Crimes unit of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the incident.
“There will be a thorough investigation of this case which is deeply disturbing on so many levels; the ages of all the alleged individuals involved, the acts alleged, and the brazenness of where they took place," Suarez said Wednesday. "Children in school need to feel safe and parents need to feel confident of their safety. We will continue to investigate and will certainly prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law."
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