Investigator: Friend says Orange student "wrongly accused"

7:02 PM, Dec 6, 2011   |    comments
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ORANGE VILLAGE -- A friend of the boy whose home was searched today by the FBI says the boy had "zero involvement" in the rash of bomb threats at Orange High School.

The FBI executed a search warrant at a home on West Orange Hill Circle in connection with the bomb threats, according to high school principal Paul Lucas.

The FBI, who executed the search warrant along with Pepper Pike police, left the home armed with boxes and computer equipment.

Channel 3 is not identifying the boy who lives at the home. But students describe the boy as intelligent and a whiz with computers.

Orange High School student Parker Maimbourg said his friend, a junior at the school, is being "wrongly accused."

"My sense is that he had zero involvement," Maimbourg said. "He wants a future. He wants to be successful and he would not throw his life away doing something stupid like this."

Maimbourg said the FBI interviewed him a month ago as well regarding the bomb threats.

"I think we got picked out because we had technological knowledge," he said. "I think that was one of the main reasons because (the boy) is really tech savvy."

The FBI declined to comment on whether the boy is a suspect.

But FBI spokesman Scott Wilson said whoever is responsible faces possible federal charges of threatening communications. Wilson said the culprit or culprits could face time behind bars for up to 10 years.

State charges are also possible. The potential list includes inducing panic, making false alarms and unlawful possession or use of a hoax weapon of mass destruction.

Most of those charges are felonies that carry prison terms of up to 3 years.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason's Office declined to comment because the case was ongoing and no one has been charged.

Student Joanna Vederman said whoever is responsible should be punished.

"They should go to jail, no doubt," Vederman said. "They terrified our school for 2 weeks."


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