Judge: Rapist From 'Good Family' Deserves Break Because He Goes To Good School

Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James Troiano denied a request to try an accused teen rapist in adult court.

Monmouth County, NJ – A New Jersey judge who refused to try a teen rapist as an adult justified his decision by arguing that the Eagle Scout had high college entry scores and came “from a good family,” according to court documents.

The attacker filmed the rape and sent the video to his friends, CNN reported.

“[W]hen your first time having sex was rape,” he boasted in an accompanying text, according to court documents. “Boy, if I had a knife on me… when I f--ked her, I’d be the epitome of this show.”

Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James Troiano said that the suspect’s texts “really doesn’t make a lot of difference because the whole paragraph to me is just a 16-year-old kid saying stupid crap to his friends,” according to court documents.

Troiano further declared that the 16-year-old rapist, identified only as “G.M.C.,” hadn’t exhibited predatory behavior, and that the attack didn’t even qualify as a “traditional” rape, The New York Times reported.

According to Troiano, a “traditional” rape generally involves “two or more males” who hold the victim “either at gunpoint or weapon, clearly manhandling a person,” CNN reported.

The judge said that prosecutors should have explained to the victim and her family that G.M.C.’s life would be destroyed if they chose to pursue charges, according to The New York Times.

Court documents revealed that the victim, identified by an alias of “Mary,” was visibly intoxicated at a New Jersey party in 2017, CNN reported.

At some point during the alcohol-fueled gathering, Mary went to a darkened area in the basement with G.M.C., according to court documents.

She was stumbling and her speech was slurred.

"While on the sofa, a group of boys sprayed Febreze on Mary's bottom and slapped it with such force that the following day she had hand marks on her buttocks,” court documents said.

G.M.C. filmed himself and Mary’s bare torso as he penetrated her from behind, The New York Times reported.

The video showed the victim’s head banging off of a wall repeatedly during the attack, according to CNN.

G.M.C. left the girl in the basement after raping her, and his friends later found her vomiting on the floor.

A friend’s mother then drove her home.

"The following morning, Mary discussed with her mother her fear that sexual things had happened at the party,” court documents read. “She did not understand how she could have gotten bruise marks on her body or how her clothing had torn.”

Several months later, Mary discovered that G.M.C. was sharing a video of the attack with their peers.

She asked him to stop disseminating the footage, but he claimed there was no video. G.M.C. also shared the video further after denying its existence to Mary, prosecutors said.

She and her family subsequently pressed charges.

Prosecutors said that G.M.C.’s actions were “sophisticated and predatory” and requested that the court move his case out of the juvenile system and into adult court, CNN reported.

“This was neither a childish misinterpretation of the situation, nor was it a misunderstanding,” prosecutors wrote. “[G.M.C.'s] behavior was calculated and cruel. This level of criminal sophistication warrants the elevation of this case via involuntary waver to the adult criminal court.”

Troiano denied that request in July of 2018.

“He is clearly a candidate for not just college but probably for a good college,” the judge noted while issuing the denial. “[T]his young man comes from a good family who put him into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well.”

Prosecutors appealed the decision to the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, which sharply rebuked Troiano’s ruling on June 14.

"That the juvenile came from a good family and had good test scores we assume would not condemn the juveniles who do not come from good families and do not have good test scores from withstanding waiver applications,” the appeals court judges said.

“In denying the waiver, the trial court minutely considered the circumstances of the offense, made an independent assessment of the juvenile’s culpability, and considered G.M.C.’s prior good character and ‘the input of the victim or the victim’s family,’” the appeals court continued.

“His consideration of these elements, however, sounded as if he had conducted a bench trial on the charges rather than neutrally reviewed the State’s application,” the court noted.

The appeals court reversed the decision and remanded the case back to Monmouth County.

“We are grateful that the Appellate Division agreed with our assessment that this case met the legal standards for waiver to Superior Court," Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said in a statement to CNN. "As with all cases, we are assessing our next steps, which will include discussions with the victim and her family."

The case could proceed to a grand jury, where G.M.C. may be tried as an adult, The New York Times reported.

Troiano, who has since retired, refused to talk about the case when questioned by reporters outside his home on Wednesday, the New York Post reported.

“I cannot talk about this,” he said. “I know very much about it. I know all the stories. I can’t say anything.”

Comments (43)
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jakki taylor
jakki taylor

What an asshole Troiano is! If he has a pension from the court, it should be pulled.

Lochemet
Lochemet

The judge must be a friend of G.M.C.'s family. Is he protecting his "friends"? And how convenient that he has now retired. It's okay to rape a girl/sexually assault her if the rapist comes from a good family and goes to a good college?? The judge doesn't want the rapist's life to be destroyed, but it's okay to destroy the victim's life without consequence?? And the fact that the rapist was sending around the video of his assault and refused the victim's request to stop doing it shows that the rapist has no remorse for his disgusting and degrading actions and sees them as acceptable. But he comes from a good family and goes to a good school. I wonder where he got his values, maybe from his good family?

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

Get that a$$hole judge drunk and throw him in a cell with "Bubba", the "nice guy" murderer.

JBo
JBo

I think Troiano needs to spend a little time in prison with a few guys named Bubba...just to see if he gains a new appreciation of how traumatic rape can be.

K-9 319
K-9 319

I'm pretty sure the young lady that was raped is really impressed with her rapist for being an Eagle scout and his high college entry scores. That piece of garbage should be tied as an adult and sent away for some hard time, and that POS judge should join him for what he did. Seems like there is no justice for victims any more. Our justice departments seem afraid of hurting peoples feelings.

Canadianshooter
Canadianshooter

What about child porn charges? Possession of...distribution of...

Ibizian
Ibizian

If she's also underage them he should be charged with production and distribution of child porn...

GrandmaTracy
GrandmaTracy

Shame on Judge James!!! Shame! Shame! Shame! How dare you just disregard this young lady!! He video tapes it, jokes about it and then shared it and your concerned it may ruin his life??? Guess what asshole, that young lady will NEVER get over what he did to her!!! Your a disgrace to our judicial system!!!! The courts of public opinion will get him!!! Real soon!!!

RetiredCaLe
RetiredCaLe

This dips@@t needs to be removed from the bench.🤬🤬🤬🤬

J10107
J10107

I really wonder what Troiano what had said if that was his Granddaughter, Daughter, Wife, Sister or Mother who had her head slammed as that POS was bucking one of them up their ass !!!

Troiano needs an education on Rape so to never make an imbecilic statement about it ever again. And I'm sure we could find 2 or 3 Bubba's who would personally like to give him a first hand experience he'll never forget !!!

Afterward the pension that he never contributed to, and garnished of the backs of every hard working NJ police officer needs be taken away.

rds40
rds40

The judge is a moron. What a shock.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Since when is being an Eagle Scout justification fore rape - or any crime? I wonder - strictly hypothetically - if an Eagle Scout raped his daughter or wife, he would simply laugh it off as the actions of a good kid?

GIJohnny1994
GIJohnny1994

The coldness and callousness of Troriano's words should not go unnoticed. This choad of a judge (retired or not), should be made famous for his insensitivity to and obvious approval of this young lady's unfortunate rape. Classifying it as a "non-traditional" rape because other members were not present is absolutely asinine. His words and stance, could lead one to question how many rapes and or sexual assaults did the illustrious judge participate as a youngster... and got a way with? In all seriousness, this judge is an asshole, who is probably friends with the boy's family and that string should be pulled.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

What an outrage! I hope this Judge is held accountable for his decision!! Smh

trainbuff
trainbuff

@LostAllSanity my stepfather who was a scoutmaster for 25 years, had no problems teaching other boys and young men the ways of scouting.

His own stepson, he brutalized each and every day, torturing and emotionally abusing him daily.

His punishment? The scouting commission gave him an award for 25 years of faithful service to the BSA. Man was I ever screwed over!

xenonman
xenonman

Another example, undoubtedly, of a judge who admires "affluenza" ! lol

Gramercy
Gramercy

I care not what "credentials" the rapist may or may not have...nor the fact that he was from a "good family"...RAPE IS RAPE! Try him in the adult court and sling his ass into jail! The trauma, as K-9 suggested, that is being placed upon the young lady that's raped cannot be escaped by her. We, the People, have to start FOLLOWING THE WORD OF THEN LAW....REGARDLESS OF BACKGROUND, RACE, MONIED-POSTIONS...THE LAW IS THE LAW! May it be served by judges who have pledged to follow and serve it, without the thought of backlash. This is a travesty to our judicial system!

xenonman
xenonman

Let's hope the case gets waived into adult court. If this "GMC" POS likes girls so much, he might then get the opportunity to become one!

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

This is what you call “Good Ole Boy” Politics! It’s sad but judges think since they wear those black robes they can do whatever they want too. In a case like this he should be taken off the bench and if he is an attorney he should be disbarred.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

At least the appellate division overturned this poor decision by the judge

Brechlintom2
Brechlintom2

Ok judge ... let's do the same to you and see where it stands. I'm sure a video taping of someone doing it to you would get a million views and Thumbs up! But we have to make sure that the person doing it to you is an upstanding citizen from a good family, right?

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Are there no charges that judge can b charged with? Such as partiality to a buddy. This is another example of liberal idiots

LynnSB
LynnSB

WTF is wrong with these Judges -- are they all losing there F*cking Minds?? Ass hole Judge >> justified his decision by arguing that the Eagle Scout had high college entry scores and came “from a good family,” according to court documents."That the juvenile came from a good family and had good test scores we assume would not condemn the juveniles who do not come from good families and do not have good test scores from withstanding waiver applications,” the appeals court judges said.<< WTF does that have to do with the Veil ~ Horrific Act this POS did to this Girl -- Sick MF'er I so Hope that KARMA Finds him in Prison and shows him what it's like NUMEROUS TIMES !!!!!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Troiano is a liberal piece of s**t!!! 😤

IMO
IMO

Thank God the Appellate Division had some sense!

Fireguy1052x2
Fireguy1052x2

We had a similar incident at IU college in Bloomington IN. A frat boy got accused of 2 different rapes, one in 2015 and a 2nd in 2017. Campus PD had everything they needed to arrest and charge him including DNA evidence from both cases. Instead he took a plea deal and got 1 year of probation

NickyJ
NickyJ

So how much money did this good family pay this POS Judge

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Law school must not be as difficult as it once was🤔

Woobie46
Woobie46

SUE also for the pain and suffering...if his parents are well off, you might just hit the jackpot! This SOB needs a LOT of prison time...anyone who would brag about rape isn't fit for normal society!!!!

maxx1676
maxx1676

Troiano should be taken off the bench....he`s one of the reasons crime is running ramped. I wonder how much money or favors he received for coming up with that ruling.

Carolla
Carolla

HERE is a case where the rapist's name needs to be out in the public sphere to protect other women.

Bracer
Bracer

SOUNDS like this guy was in the tank because of the kids family. What an idiot.