RYE, N.Y. ‒ The case of three Rye High School students charged with felony assault during an alleged hazing incident involving several eighth-graders was adjourned Tuesday for a third time at the request of the defense.
The case was adjourned on both July 21 and Sept. 11, also at the request of the defense. The three students are now due in Rye City Court at 9 a.m., Oct. 16, according to a court clerk.
The defendants – Max Meyerson, 16, Sean Pinson, 17 and Tristan Scragg, 17 – were arrested June 1 and charged with second-degree assault, a felony, as well as hazing and unlawful imprisonment, both misdemeanors. The Westchester County Police and the Rye Police Department investigated the incident.
According to a statement made by Westchester Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth in June, the students, now seniors, are accused of forcing several incoming freshman students into a car in front of the Rye Free Reading Room on June 1. They drove to the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye and are accused of paddling two of the younger students with a large piece of wood. The paddling caused bruising and other injuries to the students' buttocks and legs, and one was treated at a hospital for his injuries, Longworth said.
At the teens’ arraignment June 12, all three pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor hazing and unlawful imprisonment charges. No pleas were entered on the assault charges.