Court May Place Boy, 12, Accused Of ‘Swatting’ Calls In Foster Home
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — County probation officials were expected Monday to provide an update on a 12-year-old boy accused of making prank calls that resulted in police being sent to actor Ashton Kutcher’s home last October.
KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports the boy faces two felony counts of computer intrusion and making fake bomb threats.
The Eastlake Juvenile Court will determine whether the boy – whose name is not being released because of his age – was responsible for the so-called “swatting” pranks and whether there is enough supervision at his home.
He has been released from custody and is still living with his mother.
The boy could be placed in foster care or sent to live at a county camp because he cannot serve jail time due to his age, according to Brooks.
“Swatting” is the practice of making false police reports -often targeting the homes of celebrities – in order to trigger a response from heavily-armed SWAT teams.