Ohio teen sentenced over anthrax hoax

A New Philadelphia, Ohio, teen has been sentenced over anthrax and bomb threats he sent to a local high school.

Officials alleged that Sebastian Patterson of Uhrichsville, Ohio, claimed that anthrax was in Claymont High School due to issues he had with another boy involving a girl, TimesReporter.com reports.

Patterson was suspended from school following bomb threats made on March 21 and March 22 and an anthrax threat on April 4.

“We knew from the nature of the emails that it was a hoax, so there was no reason to evacuate," Claymont Superintendent Ryan Delaney said, according to TimesReporter.com.

Patterson, who was charged with three counts of juvenile delinquency by reason of attempting to induce panic, all of which are third degree felonies, admitted to the charges on June 14, according to TimesReporter.com. He was then found delinquent by Tuscarawas County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Kate.

Kate sentenced Patterson to six months in an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility on each count on Monday. The sentences were to be served consecutively but Kate suspended them and placed Patterson on probation until December 5, which is when he will turn 18.

Standard probation terms will apply for Patterson, including school attendance and obeying curfew. He was also ordered to pay court costs of $117 and was released to the custody of his parents.

“It was the first time he has been in trouble and he definitely regretted what he had done,” public defender John Gartrell said, according to TimesReporter.com. “His parents felt that this has opened his eyes and that he will learn from his mistakes.”