Glassboro High School's star quarterback, who on Saturday lead his team to the South Jersey Group I Championship, was indicted days before the game on charges that he and another man raped a 15-year-old girl, authorities say.
Justin Breaker, 19, of Pittsgrove, was one of three teens who took part in the April 1 gang rape of the Salem County girl at a Pittsgrove apartment, according to the Salem County prosecutors office. He was indicted last Wednesday.
School officials say they were unaware Breaker had even been charged until yesterday, four days after he led the Glassboro Bulldogs to a 24-7 victory over the Paulsboro Red Raiders.
Breaker was suspended from school yesterday and will attend the Gloucester County Alternative School in Deptford until his case is resolved, a Glassboro Public School District spokeswoman said.
Police charged Breaker; Mark Wood, 19, of Pittsgrove, and a 16-year-old boy on April 2, said William Brennan, First Assistant County Prosecutor.
Brennan said his office learned of the alleged rape shortly after it happened.
"We handled like any other case," Brennan said. "We put together a file, developed records, and sent a rape kit to the lab."
The 16-year-old, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, pleaded guilty in August to a lesser charge related to the attack, Brennan said. He served a 15-day sentence, according to an Associated Press report.
Breaker faces 20 years in prison if convicted on the charges which include aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, sexual assault and criminal restraint, Brennan said.
Brennan would not say whether the 16-year-old planned to testify against Breaker and Wood.
Breaker transfered to Glassboro High School in September from A. P. Schalick High School in Pittsgrove.