|For Immediate Release
Case # 12WF3464
February 21, 2013
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR LEAVING BOMB THREAT NOTE INSIDE CLASSROOM
WESTMINSTER – A Huntington Beach High School student was convicted and sentenced today for leaving a bomb threat note inside a classroom. Christopher Michael Casey, 18, Huntington Beach, pleaded guilty to a court offer to one misdemeanor count of reporting a false bomb threat. The Honorable John Nho Nguyen sentenced the defendant to 140 days in jail, six years of formal probation, and ordered the defendant to stay at least 200 yards from the high school.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office originally filed the charge against Casey as a felony, and objected to the sentence and reduction of the charge to a misdemeanor based on the gravity of the threat and seriousness of the crime.
At approximately 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 14, 2012, Casey left a note on his teacher’s desk threatening that a bomb was hidden at Huntington Beach High School and set to detonate at an unspecified time.
At approximately 12:55 p.m., a secretary found the note and notified the school’s principal. The principal called the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD), who investigated this case, and arrested the defendant at the school.
HBPD officers searched the school and did not find any bombs or explosives.
Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz of the Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted this case.