Sheriff: Ohio teen charged for ‘placing lives at risk’ with hoax swatting call in Dodge County

Sheriff: Ohio teen charged for ‘placing lives at risk’ with hoax swatting call in Dodge County

Nearly a year after the day a hoax swatting call reporting a hostage situation and shooting shut down a highway in Beaver Dam, officials say an Ohio teen is facing charges.

On March 22, officials shut down part of U.S. 151 after receiving a call reporting that a man had been shot and there is a hostage situation, according to a news release from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. The call turned out to be fake.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office worked with law enforcement agencies from around the country to identify a 17-year-old boy as the caller for the incident in Beaver Dam and multiple similar calls throughout the country. All of the calls were from Mahoning County, Ohio.

The boy will face 73 total charges with the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office. The charges include 40 felonies and 33 misdemeanors.

“While it may have taken time to bring charges, the perpetrator is being held accountable,” Sheriff Dale Schmidt wrote in the news release. “The individual involved believed he would get away with inciting fear in our community and now faces significant repercussions.”

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