14-year-old girl sentenced for threatening Warren County church

A 14-year-old Butler County girl was ordered to write a letter of apology and complete 20 hours of community service as part of her sentence for inducing panic at her church in Warren County.

Judge Joe Kirby also continued her time on house arrest and her mental health treatment, and he ordered that she have no access to weapons or Grace Baptist Church in Mason while on probation.

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A 90-day detention was suspended, with credit for two days she already served, after sending “an email threatening to bomb Grace Baptist Church, knowing the threat was false” on Feb. 7, seven days before the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

On Monday, the girl admitted to making false alarms by emailing a church official that she wanted to bomb the church, Officer Aaron Shaffer of the Mason Police Department alleged in court documents. An inducing panic charge was dismissed in exchange to her admission.

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No polygraph was used in this case to help the judge assess the seriousness of the threat.

The case was filed on Feb. 22, eight days after the Florida school shooting and in the midst of more than 10 other school threat cases filed in Warren County Juvenile Court.

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Hearings are set tomorrow in two of the other cases.

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