Teen back in juvenile court


A teenager who late last year admitted to felony offenses involving property destruction at the AmVets Park in the Rocky Fork Lake area was back in Highland County Juvenile Court this week facing the possibility of another felony offense.

In November, the 13-year-old boy admitted to fifth-degree felony breaking and entering, an offense associated with his part in property destruction at the AmVets. He also admitted to receiving stolen property. He was ordered to pay restitution, was put on community control indefinitely, and was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service at the organization that his actions directly impacted.

In December, he was ordered to serve an additional 20 hours of community service for violating his community control.

This week in a detention hearing judge Kevin Greer ordered the teenager to remain in detention until a further hearing. His 12-year-old co-defendant in the newest case, her feet dangling just above the floor as she sat at the defendant’s table, was also ordered to remain in detention until further hearing.

Both children were openly crying, and continued to do so as they were led out of the courthouse to be transported to the juvenile detention facility in Chillicothe.

While charges had not yet been filed with the court as of this week’s detention hearing, a report from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office alleged that the children were involved in breaking and entering.

Both are scheduled to return to the court next week.

In other hearings, a 15-year-old female admitted to misdemeanor assault, and a charge of domestic violence was dismissed. She will be on indefinite community control and was ordered to undergo anger management.

A 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old male, in separate cases, admitted to disorderly conduct and will be on community control indefinitely. Each of them is also to continue in counseling they are currently engaged in.

Another male, age 12, admitted to misdemeanor theft and was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service. He is also to undergo a drug and alcohol assessment.

Another 15-year-old male admitted to criminal mischief and is now on indefinite community control and is also to obey a no contact order by the court.

Temporary custody of a 9-year-old has been granted to Children Services for the next year following Greer finding the child to be abused, neglected and dependent after hearing witness testimony during a hearing this week.

The child was initially removed from the home after the mother admitted to using drugs.

This week, both the mother and the child’s father agreed to the temporary placement of the child being with a family member and under the supervision of the court.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.

Highland County Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Greer is pictured in the courtroom during a previous hearing.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2016/02/web1_juve2.jpgHighland County Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Greer is pictured in the courtroom during a previous hearing.
Court grants temporary custody of child to county

By Angela Shepherd

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