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Teenager faces 60 charges related to swatting, false bomb threats

Canadian teenager faces 60 charges, with more possible, related to swatting behavior in Canada and the United States

By: Michael Hatamoto from May 12, 2014 @ 19:15 CDT

A 16-year-old teenage "swatter" is in trouble and now faces 60 charges for his rude and reckless behavior, charged with crimes such as intent to harm, uttering death threats, mischief to property and public mischief. He also made at least 30 swatting calls against residents in both the United States and Canada.


Swatting remains a popular tactic typically used to send police and emergency responders to celebrities, though this Canadian teenager solicited Twitter users to recommend potential targets. Additional charges could be filed against the teenager, police confirmed.

"This is a fairly new phenomenon for Ottawa,"said Staff Sgt. Rick Baldwin-Ooms, an Ottawa police authority. "These irresponsible incidents have created real fear in people, put public safety at risk, and disrupted entire communities where these events have occurred."

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