New Jersey judge resigns after controversial ruling in sexual assault case, saying the teen accused of rape came from a 'good family'

Business Insider | 7/19/2019 | Lauren Frias, INSIDER
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James Troiano, who served as a family court judge in New Jersey, resigned from the bench after showing leniency to a 16-year-old boy accused of rape in a 2018 ruling, because he comes from a "good family."

The case involved the teen, who was referred to as G.M.C. in court documents.

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Prosecutors alleged that the teen filmed himself while he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl, referred to under the pseudonym Mary, and sent out the video to his friends in a text reading, "When your first time having sex was rape."

New Jersey's appellate court disagreed with Troiano's ruling and reversed it in a 14-page decision filed in June, which determined that G.M.C. can be tried as an adult as the case was transferred to a grand jury.

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A family court judge in New Jersey resigned from the bench on Wednesday, following his controversial decision in 2018 to show leniency to a 16-year-old boy accused of rape, because he comes from a "good family."

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James Troiano, who previously served as a judge on the state's Superior Court, faced public criticism after denying prosecutors' motion in a 2018 ruling to try the teen, who was referred to as G.M.C. in court documents, as an adult. Prosecutors allege he filmed himself sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and sent out the video to his friends in a text reading, "When your first time having sex was rape."

"This young man comes from a good family who put him into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well," the judge said during last year's court case. "He is clearly a candidate for not just college but probably a good college. His scores for college entry were very high."

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Troiano made note of G.M.C. being an Eagle Scout and believed that prosecutors should have explained to...
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