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Teenager sentenced in Princeton University bomb threat

A 16-year-old Canadian teen who called in a bomb threat to Princeton University that emptied several buildings, including Nassau Hall, has pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree false public alarm, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

The teenager offered a guilty plea May 28 in Mercer County Family Court and was sentenced to two years on probation, plus a requirement to perform 30 hours of community service.

He was also fined $2,000 and surrendered his driver’s license for six months. He was ordered to under a psychological evaluation and to follow any recommendations from the examination.

He will be extradited to Connecticut to face similar charges.

A juvenile petition was signed against the young man by the Princeton University Department of Public Safety in connection with the Sept. 19, 2020 incident. He was arrested in Louisiana in April and extradited to New Jersey.

The boy called in a bomb threat for the Princeton University Art Museum, Firestone Library, Nassau Hall and the Princeton University Chapel on the Princeton University campus.

The buildings were ordered to be evacuated by the Princeton University Department of Public Safety so they could be searched for a bomb. No bombs were found.

The teenager was identified as a suspect in the bomb threat incident following a multi-agency and multi-national investigation, according to published reports. The investigation spanned the Canadian cities of Saskatoon and Edmonton, and the U.S. East Coast and Louisiana.

The boy was arrested at his grandparents’ home in South Vacherie, which is a small town between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, reports said.

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