Judge Drops Swastika Charges If Student Enlists In Marines

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -

A judge in New Jersey agreed to drop charges against a former student accused of drawing swastikas if the teen enlists in the Marine Corps.

Dean Kaye, 18, of Carlstadt had pleaded not guilty last month to criminal mischief. But he told the judge he planned to join the Marines after graduation from Becton Regional High School, where he was accused in April of drawing two swastikas in a bathroom.

A Marine recruiter appeared in court on Wednesday to tell the East Rutherford judge that Kaye had applied to enlist but would not be accepted if he had an outstanding charge. The judge then dismissed the charge, but told Kaye he would need a letter proving he had enlisted.