|Two teens charged with ethnic graffiti against BGSU coach appear in court|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Wednesday, 23 January 2013 09:59|
On Tuesday, the two young men charged with ethnic intimidation and criminal mischief regarding graffiti found at Bowling Green State University's men's basketball coach Louis Orr's house appeared in Wood County Juvenile Court.
According to Judge David Woessner, the cases against the two teens was "essentially set out to Feb. 14."
"With the consent of all parties, the youth were ordered to have a face to face meeting with Mr. Orr and/or his family," Woessner said of the proceedings.
The judge said it is his understanding that following that meeting, the prosecutor's office will meet with Orr and then make a recommendation as to how to proceed with the charges.
The prosecutor's office will arrange the meeting.
The judge said that one of the defendants has formally admitted to the crimes, though he added that in his court, it is not the same as pleading guilty in an adult court. He said the case can still be resolved without a formal conviction. The other youth has not admitted to the crime.
"It looks like they are trying to treat the boys the same way despite the different status," Woessner said of the prosecution's plan.
There were two additional youth charged with related crimes, but not directly involved with the swastika and the words "white power" written in chalk on the driveway of the African-American coach.
All four are students at Bowling Green High School.
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