Teen pleads to making threats at Otsego PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 17 January 2013 11:16
A former Otsego student pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge on Wednesday before Wood County Juvenile Court Judge Dave Woessner.
The 17-year-old male was originally charged with inducing panic after he had allegedly made threats at school on the same day as the deadly incident at Newtown, Conn.
According to Woessner, the student, along with his family are moving out of state on Saturday.
“That factored into a variety of the actions in this case,” Woessner said.
The judge said the prosecutor’s office, after consultation with both the school and law enforcement, made the recommendation to reducing the charge.
Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson said of the revised charge, “We wanted to make sure the charges were accurate.”
Dobson said the student’s first statements which resulted in the charges were made prior to the Sandy Hook incident and the student who heard the remarks “thought he was kidding.”
Of the subsequent remarks made in regard to guns, Dobson said: “Neither were specific and neither was specific that he was expecting or intending to do anything.”
Dobson described his remarks as inappropriate, but “more an angry rant-like statement” than a threat.
Because the prosecution did not believe they could prove an inducing panic count, they reduced his charge.
The former student was found delinquent and was given credit for 16 days served in the juvenile detention center and remains on probation.
Because of the move, his family had dis-enrolled him from Otsego prior to his release from JDC. A condition of his probation is he not be on the Otsego Schools property.
“We had to look at the resolution of the case based on those facts.” Dobson said, adding that the incident was certainly worthy of the conviction, but that initially, “some misinformation went out and reported by the media, which was not born our by the facts.”

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