PRESS RELEASE, 5/20/2010

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces charges in the Lockland school case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the charges in the recent Lockland school case.

Terrance Calhoun (DOB 3-6-92), Sarah Darling (DOB 11-8-91), Kristin Estes (DOB 9-25-91), Tommie Hayes (DOB 2-8-92), Aaron Neal (DOB 5-6-92), James Pugh (DOB 5-6-91), Johnathon Schleyer (DOB 7-17-91), Brittany Shealey (DOB 4-3-92), Danielle Smith (DOB 8-1-91), Dalton Taylor (DOB 4-3-92), Ashton Williams (DOB 7-29-91) and Frankie Young (DOB 3-26-92) were originally charged with Breaking and Entering (Felony 5) and Resisting Arrest (Misdemeanor 2) for the 10:40 p.m. May 13th incident at Lockland High School located at 249 W. Forrer Street. The students entered the building after hours and planned to move all of the library books out of the library. They also placed various objects around the school building. Fast response by the Lockland Police Department prevented the students from carrying out their plan and causing damage to the school.

After review by the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office, although there was sufficient legal basis for the felony charges, the felony charges were dismissed at the prosecutor's discretion and with the agreement of the Lockland Police. The police will be instructed to file Criminal Trespass charges (Misdemeanor 4) against all of the above named adult Lockland students.

All of the students will be offered the opportunity to handle these Criminal Trespass charges through the Hamilton County Diversion Program. In diversion the defendant is required to enter a plea of guilty and perform the required period of probation and community service. If successfully completed, the charge will be dismissed. No conviction will appear on their adult record. It will be possible for the students to complete the diversion program with sufficient time to attend college in the fall. Expungement is also available to these students so that no record of their arrest is noted on an adult record.

The juveniles charged in this incident will be charged with Criminal Trespass (M 4) and offered a juvenile equivalent to the diversion program.

Prosecutor Deters commented, "Law enforcement acted properly. I believe that it is in the interests of justice that these students be charged with misdemeanor Criminal Trespass and placed in our diversion program."