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The Glen Ridge Rape Trial: 1992-93 - … The People That Teenagers Admired …"

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The boys Fisher encountered on March 1, 1989, said Goldberg, "were the football players, the wrestlers, the baseball players, the people that teenagers admired for their physical prowess. They were her heroes—the stars."

Defense attorneys Thomas Ford, Michael Querques, Alan Zegas, and Louis Esposito each opened with comments on Fisher's previous sexual experience, theorizing that she knew what was happening and could have said, "Stop."

Prosecution witness Dr. Susan Esquilin, a psychologist expert on sexabuse victims who had diagnosed Fisher as a mental eight-year-old, testified that "sexuality for her has to do with what somebody asks her to do." Crossexamined, she said, "I don't think she has any capacity to say no."

Also for the prosecution, Dr. Gerald Meyerhoff, former chief of psychiatry at Bergen Pines County Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey, testified that "her search for friends is an important piece of her life." Next, psychiatric nurse and University of Pennsylvania professor Ann Burgess used drawings depicting rape, made by Fisher some months after the attack, to explain the victim's long wait to report the crime and to prove that she was distressed by it. This testimony about rape trauma syndrome was the first ever permitted by a New Jersey judge as trial evidence.

Defendants in Glen Ridge sexual assault trial, from right, Kevin Scherzer, his twin, Kyle, Bryant Grober, Christopher Archer, (AP/Wide World Photos) Defendants in Glen Ridge sexual assault trial, from right, Kevin Scherzer, his twin, Kyle, Bryant Grober, Christopher Archer, (AP/Wide World Photos)

Called as a prosecution witness, Fisher's mother testified on her daughter's learning difficulties and inability to travel alone or handle finances. She described how school officials had told her a group of boys had had some kind of sexual encounter with her daughter.

On cross-examination, defense attorney Thomas Ford established that Fisher's mother had earlier realized that Fisher was sexually active and had obtained birth control pills for her. Bryan Grober's lawyer, Alan Zegas, insisted that Fisher had been removed from her high school "because of her inappropriate conduct." Fisher's mother replied, "The situation was that she was a potential rape victim."

Zegas persisted. "Your reason for getting birth control pills for your daughter was not because she, of her own accord, was having sexual relations with other men?"

"I have never heard that before," came the reply.

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almost 8 years ago

I was only sixteen at that time but if I was there I would have protected her from them, I was an athete in high school, class of 1991, but I'm from Philly... They would have to get passed me to get to her.. I have a disabilty myself and these guys piss me off.....

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over 3 years ago

I recently saw a movie entitled Outrage In Glen Ridge. As a mother of two children with special needs I am completely outraged at the fact that ALL of these boys (these disgusting excuses for humans) were released.
Not only this; but it has also been brought to my attention that one of them Mr. Kevin John Scherzer (who was released of this hanus crime against a defenseless girl back in 1989 {released shortly after being convicted in 1993}) Went on to Florida and got himself registered on their sexual predator list for repeating what he originally did....and guess what...He WALKED on that as well. http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/flyer.do?personId=74434
What in the name of all that is holy is wrong with out society people??? Why would ANYONE allow him to walk another time? Not only that, but since he keeps getting away with these sort of things; how many more innocent people has he taken down in his wake?
I am still trying to figure out whatever happened to the rest of these dirt bags. BOTH of my children would do ANYTHING to have friends which is why our daughter who functions on a lower end of the spectrum will be followed and monitored closely by a Para for the rest of her school years.
My heart is breaking for the parents of this girl who not only had to endure their child being a victim of rape in the first place; but sitting by and watching our judicial system rape her all over again.

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about 5 years ago

What kind of "world" gives the wealthy / powerful the right to "buy" justice,whilst the poor/sick suffer?
What kind of justice system has our intellectual leaders given us ?
A sick,evil indictment of all concerned - but mostly the hideous Politicians,Judges & Lawyers who lie back,knowingly, and allow it to continue,unabated,century in / century out.
Advancement ? I think not .
Cavemen in fancy suits .

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about 10 years ago

I am a psychologist and ex school principal. I am an expert at preventing and understanding bullying in our public schhool system. I also have coached basketball at the middle, high school college and pro levels. I am aware of the exagerated self importance of athletics by our society. This whole case is a sad disgusting but TRUE comment on our schools and some parents and coaches in America. I thank you for the information and i am available to speak at any school or place interested in preventing bullying. I have had an article published on how to prevent bullying sent to 12,000 educators & schools in the USA Plez speak out against all injustice. Dr Jack Grenan

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over 3 years ago

He's released 2011 from FL to live in NJ again.

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over 7 years ago

I'm in the middle of growing up in Glen Ridge. And when I hear this story it makes me sick how crule these people could posibly be. Also, when I thin k of Glen Ridge I think of it as a quiet nice small town and not a town of rapists. All the people involved should feel ashame.