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Two charged as adults in 2011 rape of Paramus girl, 14


YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Charges against two 20-year-old Paramus men accused of raping a drunken 14-year-old girl in a borough park when they were juveniles three years ago have been waived up to adult criminal court, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced this afternoon.

Matthew Hazuda and Rahul Mathew remain free on charges of aggravated sexual assault, the prosecutor said.

The girl told her mother in October 2011 that she’d been attacked two months earlier by Hazuda, who was 16, and Mathew, who was 17, Molinelli said today.

Members of the prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit and Paramus police took both into custody and served them with juvenile complaints after interviewing the girl, he said.

She “provided a detailed account “ of “forcibly engaged in inappropriate sexual activity…while she was highly intoxicated and unable to consent to such activity,” the prosecutor said.

Hazuda was seized first, on Nov. 29, 2011 and Mathew on on Dec. 9. Both were released to the custody of their respective parents, Molinelli said. They also were ordered not to have contact with the girl.

Although both “were juveniles at the time of the incident and were charged accordingly, their complaints have now been referred from the Family Part to the Criminal Part, where they will be handled as an adult matter,” Molinelli said.



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