OCEAN TOWNSHIP - In response to inappropriate and horrific comments made by Monmouth County Judge James Troiano regarding an alleged rape case in which he dismissed the assault as not a “traditional case of rape,” which he defines as involving “two or more” men and said that the suspect should not be tried as an adult because he “comes from a good family” and attended an “excellent school,” Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling are calling for Judge Troiano to immediately and permanently resign all judicial and legal positions.
“It should be clear to anyone that Judge Troiano’s comments were vile, unacceptable, and harmful to any survivor of sexual assault or abuse,” said Downey (D-Freehold).
“We cannot combat rape and sexual assault by normalizing these horrific behaviors. It’s disgusting that any judge would allow their consideration of a suspect’s supposed ‘good family’ and ‘promising future’ to let that person off lightly. In this alleged attack, the perpetrator violently assaulted a young woman’s well-being, personal autonomy, and her very sense of self. It’s the survivor’s needs that must be looked after, not the future success and glorification of a young man who allegedly decided that it was acceptable to sexually attack a female peer. Judge Troiano must resign, effective immediately, and forswear any future judicial or legal activity.”
“These comments are absolutely unacceptable, and clearly indicate that Judge Troiano should not hold a position on the bench,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune). “In light of these comments, he should not make any decisions regarding cases involving sexual violence or similar circumstances.”