Painesville teen sentenced for 100+ ‘swatting’ calls, bomb threats

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PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio– A Painesville Township teen will spend time behind bars after admitting to more than 100 bomb threats.

The 17-year-old boy admitted making bomb threats and falsely reporting crimes at Harvey High School and Riverside High School in March, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. He also called schools in Fort Myers, Florida and Naugatuck, Connecticut, and homes in Plymouth, Massachusetts and South Simcoe, Ontario.

He pleaded guilty to charges of inducing panic, marking false alarms, extortion, coercion, telecomminications harassment and discharging a firearm.

Lake County Juvenile Court Judge Karen Lawson sentenced the teen to five years or until his 21st birthday at a Ohio Department of Youth Services facility. He will be classified a serious youthful offender.

The sheriff’s office said authorities were able to learn more about these types of crimes thanks to this investigation.

Continuing coverage of the bomb threats here

Harvey High School