Rye High School hazing case adjourned until Oct. 9

From left Rye Students Sean Pinson, Tristan Scragg From left Rye Students Sean Pinson, Tristan Scragg and Max Meyerson enter the Rye City Court to enter plea on pending charges. (June 11, 2012) Photo Credit: Photo by John Meore

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The three Rye High School seniors who allegedly hazed two others in June were set to appear in court Tuesday morning, but the case has been adjourned until next month, a court officer said.

The defense was granted an adjournment late Monday afternoon, and the boys -- Max Meyerson, 16, Sean Pinson, 17, and Tristan Scragg, 17 -- are due back in court Oct. 9.

Their attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The teens are accused of forcing two younger students into a car and taking them to the Marshlands Conservancy for a "Freshman Friday" hazing ritual on June 1. They supposedly used paddles to beat them until the victims' legs and buttocks became bruised.

At a June 12 court appearance, the boys pleaded not guilty to felony second-degree assault charges, as well as misdemeanor first-degree hazing and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

The boys, if convicted as adults, could face up to seven years in state prison on the assault charges and up to a year in county jail if found guilty on the misdemeanor charges. Otherwise, if they are considered as youthful offenders, they could be conditionally discharged and avoid jail time and probation altogether.

An order of protection was issued during the June hearing, barring the suspects from contact with the alleged victims, including at school, in homes, at local businesses and other events.

As fall classes began last week, the school district announced its zero tolerance for "inappropriate" behavior.

Superintendent Frank Alvarez also released details of a plan to train teachers, hold social responsibility programs for students and teach good sportsmanship to athletes and coaches.

The district's Code of Conduct was revised over the summer and a community meeting is slotted for Oct. 11 to address ongoing issues, according to district spokeswoman Karina Stabile.

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