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Published: Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 12:00 AM
By: Ed Richter - Staff Writer
LEBANON — A Franklin teen was adjudicated as a delinquent child after making bomb threats to Franklin Junior High and a Springboro school in late March.
The 13-year-old boy appeared at a pre-trial hearing May 17 in Warren County Juvenile Court where he entered a plea of “true” to a charge of delinquency by way of inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor. His plea is the equivalent of a guilty plea in adult court.
According to court documents, the boy was initially charged with a second-degree felony of inducing panic. The boy admitted to the reduced charge during the hearing.
Magistrate Andrew Sievers ordered the boy to continue to cooperate with and follow all recommendations of the Coordinated Care Team, committed him to 10 days in the Juvenile Detention Center and credited him for time served.
Sievers also ordered the boy not to have access to any weapons and lifted the ban on electronics.
The boy was arrested March 22 after making a statement to other students and a teacher that he would bomb the school. After the boy was sent home and evaluated through medical personnel, he returned to school and made another threat to students to blow up a Springboro school, according to the complaint.