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Juvenile court briefs

January 25, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

Teen boy admits to hit-and-run



A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to hit-and-run and was ordered to serve the juvenile equivalent of probation before judgment.

"Twelve days after he got his license, he bumped into a car, got scared and drove away," said his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Brian Hutchison.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the boy to serve three months of supervised probation and write a letter of apology to the owner of the struck vehicle.

"Nothing gets better when you try to cover up anything, because it never ends," Wright told the boy.




Teen admits to shoving teacher, touching girl



A 14-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to shoving his middle school principal and, in a separate case, to inappropriately touching a girl.

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A separate case alleging sex offenses was placed on the stet, or inactive, docket in exchange for the boy's admissions in the two cases Wednesday.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, delayed disposition for the youth and ordered a predisposition investigation and sex offender evaluation for the boy.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said that on Aug. 30, 2006, the boy shoved the principal of Western Heights Middle School after he was sent to her office for calling a classmate names.

"He pushed the principal, Kara Reed, out of the way" and then picked up nearby stools motioning that he would throw them, she said.

In the separate case, just a few days later, on Sept. 5, 2006, the boy was being called names on a Hagerstown street and approached his cousin, grabbed her and "acted like he was having sex with her," Flores said.

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