High School vandals sentenced
Two Park City High School seniors pleaded guilty on Monday to criminal mischief after they broke into the high school in June, spray painted obscene symbols on the walls and posted pornography along the hallways.
According to Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Bates, Derek A. Porter, 18, and Jesse V. Dudley, 18, both pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor. The Summit County Attorney’s Office dropped the two other charges they had filed against the teens which consisted of burglary and unlawful dealing in materials harmful to minors for posting pornographic materials. The students caused an estimated $7,000 in damage to Park City High School.
"Both Mr. Porter and Mr. Dudley were sentenced to one-year probation, have to pay full restitution to the high school, complete 40 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the school," Bates said. "The judge also gave them a one year suspended jail term, so if the boys do not complete the requirements or get into trouble again while on probation, they can be sentenced to up to one year in jail."
Porter and Dudley appeared remorseful in court and said they were ashamed, Bates said, adding that Porter has already begun working a minimum wage job at the high school to pay off his restitution and Dudley has taken on multiple part-time jobs.
"I think in the end we found a sentence that worked for both parties," Bates said. "Our main concern was that the teens took responsibility and with the jail time hanging over their heads it is an added incentive to complete the requirements. But we also didn’t want to derail these kids who are otherwise good kids and have clean records. We didn’t want to stop them from being able to attend college or join the military."
A third senior who also took part in the vandalism acts was referred to juvenile court as a minor but was given a similar sentence, according to Bates.
"He will still have to complete community service and pay restitution," he said. "The only difference is that the criminal charges will not be on his record."
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