HOBOKEN — Eighteen-year-old Hoboken resident Amir Goodwin was charged with aggravated sexual contact on Tuesday, Dec. 12, after the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office investigated a complaint that he and a group of 16 and 17-year-old boys were allegedly involved in forcing a 17-year-old girl into a Hoboken High School classroom and allegedly forcing her to perform oral sex on one of them.
A Dec. 12 warrant obtained by the Hoboken Reporter and issued by the Hoboken City Municipal Court refers to an alleged aggravated sexual assault at Hoboken High School on Nov. 30.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, the Hoboken Police contacted the county prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged assault.
Amir Goodwin, 18, appeared in Hudson County Superior Court on Tuesday, according to reports.
Three other juveniles were also allegedly involved; two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old. There names were redacted from the Affidavit of Probable Cause, as was the victim’s, because they are under the age of 18.
According to the warrant, there was a video from the school showing the victim being pushed into the room.
The warrant charges that Goodwin alleged touched the girl inappropriately “by using physical force or coercion and was aided or abetted” by others.
The warrant also says that police obtained cellphone video of the incident.
The Reporter has contacted school officials for a statement and will post updates when they are available.
CBS News posted a segment on Wednesday afternoon quoting the victim, a junior at the school, as saying the boys (allegedly) pushed her into a storage closet when she was between classes. She said that she told them “no” and tried to scream, but they pulled her shirt above her head.
She also said she had told a school official in the past that she had had problems with the boys.
Starting this past September, Hoboken High School was separated from the middle school, after a handful of incidents occurred at the high school/middle school building including the alleged assault of a 12-year-old girl by an older boy at the school a year earlier.
In May of 2016, a Hoboken High School student allegedly fondled a 12-year-old seventh grader in a school elevator. Days later, the 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with criminal sexual contact and unlawful imprisonment in connection with the incident. The crime was defined as touching an “intimate part” over the girl’s clothing.
The reporting on that incident can be found here: http://hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/27196115/article-HOBOKEN-BRIEFS?instance=search_results.
The schools superintendent and school board president have not returned messages as of this writing.
We will post updates when they are available.