Camden, N.J. —  On July 17, 2020, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office moved to dismiss the February 2020 complaint of juvenile delinquency against a Woodlynne teen, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer.

In February of 2020, the teen’s attorney claimed he was scheduled to enlist in the military and the charges would bar him from serving his country. On July 16, the attorney provided paperwork to the State showing that the teen had, in fact, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, as well as three letters of recommendation attesting to his character and good standing in the community.

“We are ever cognizant that a key tenet of the juvenile justice system is the rehabilitation of our youth so that they become responsible and productive members of our community,” said Mayer. “Of course, the mission of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is to seek justice – fairly and impartially with compassion and understanding. Having fully reviewed the evidence in this matter, as well as those documents provided yesterday by defense counsel, and keeping in mind the State’s burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, the State finds the interest of justice is best served by the dismissal of the charges against this youth.”

Whereas juvenile matters are confidential, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office may not release the name of the teen or the nature of the complaint of juvenile delinquency.