Juvenile court briefs

May 26, 2005

Teenage boy admits to sex offense

A 15-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to inappropriately touching his 7-year-old cousin while the two were watching a movie at her house.

The boy admitted to fourth-degree sex offense and was ordered placed in the care of his father, who lives in Washington D.C., pending disposition.

On Nov. 27, 2004, the boy put his hands down his cousin's pants while they watched a movie, Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said. The boy later took off his pants and laid on top of her, Kessell said. The boy had been staying at his cousin's house for a weekend visit, Kessell said.


Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the boy to have no unsupervised contact with any child younger than 18 years old and no contact with the victim.

Teen admits threats; disposition delayed

Disposition was delayed for a 17-year-old boy who admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court that he threatened employees while under supervision at a Brook Lane Health Services-based school in March.

The boy "attempted to burn the building with a lighter" on March 21 and yelled to an employee there: "I'm gonna bring my 'Gat' gun to school tomorrow and shoot everybody up," records state.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, read over a litany of the youth's past charges, including several assaults on his mother, most of which were either handled informally or dropped because the mother failed to show up for appointments with the Department of Juvenile Services.

A Department of Juvenile Services representative recommended Wednesday that the boy be placed in community detention in the care of his mother pending the completion of a psychological exam.

Wright said, "She's facilitated this whole thing by her failure to follow through with the aid she called upon by the Department of Juvenile Services, the State's Attorney's Office and this court."

Apparently frustrated, Wright asked about alternatives to placing the boy with his mother, but ultimately decided to allow it under strict supervision by DJS.

"I want to be satisfied" for the protection of the community "that there's going to be intense supervision for this young man," he said.

Teen admits leaving scene of accident

A 17-year-old boy on Wednesday admitted in Washington County juvenile court to leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and possession of marijuana in connection with a March accident after which one-half ounce of marijuana was found in his car.

Shortly after midnight on March 13, the boy was driving a white Ford Taurus that struck another vehicle at the intersection of Conococheague and Salisbury streets in Williamsport, causing "heavy damage," but he proceeded to drive along, Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said.

He was pulled over in the area of East Sunset Avenue and South Artizan Street in Williamsport, where police discovered in plain view a multi-colored glass smoking pipe. They also found a cedar box containing marijuana and a baggy containing marijuana, totaling one-half ounce of the drug, Kessell said.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, said, "He is in need of supervision and control."

He read over a series of the youth's past juvenile charges, some of which were drug-related, most of which were handled informally.

Wright said the problem with having charges handled informally is that youths then "don't understand the consequences of their actions ... Eventually, we are in a situation where there are formal consequences."

He ordered a predisposition investigation for the youth.

"There's more to (the boy) than what's written on one page here," Wright said, holding the youth's file.

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