Teen pleads in school panic case

Published 12:13 pm Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Proctorville teen will spend the next four years in prison following his admission that he posted material on social media that the Fairland School District found “alarming.”

Samuel Patrick, 19, with a listed address of 179 Township Road 1233, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of inducing panic Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Prosecuting attorney Brigham Anderson said he and Patrick’s attorney, Gene Meadows, reached a plea agreement in the case. Judge Charles Cooper presided over the case and sentenced Patrick to four years in prison.

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Patrick, as well as John Pacinhik, 18, of the same address, were arrested in April and subsequently indicted on inducing panic charges after the Fairland School District reported “alarming” material had been posted through the social media site, Instagram.

Pacinhik pleaded guilty in September to a reduced charge of fifth-degree inducing panic, which carries a maximum of 12 months in prison.

Anderson said a sentencing date had not yet been set, but would likely be in the next few weeks.

In other cases:

• John Kinney, 26, of 603 Buckhorn St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of aggravated vehicular assault and a fourth-degree count of driving under the influence. Cooper set sentencing for Dec. 30.

• Mark Johnson, 34, of Township Road 1339, South Point, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of attempt to commit felonious assault, which was reduced from a second-degree count of felonious assault.

Cooper ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Dec. 16.

• Charles Calloway, 60, of 14618 Puritas Ave., Cleveland, was sentenced to 12 month in prison. He previously pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree DUI.

Judge D. Scott Bowling also sentenced the man to pay a $2,500 fine and suspended his driver’s license for five years.

• Thurman Harshbarger, 38, of 85 Township Road 311, Ironton, was arraigned on counts of fourth-degree failure to appear, second-degree escape and third-degree tampering with evidence, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Bowling set bond at $150,000 cash or surety plus own-recognizance and a pretrial was set for Dec. 9.

• Alan Myers, 28, of 900 C High St., Coal Grove, admitted community control sanctions violations and was sentenced to five months in prison.

• David Smith, 31, of 3060 County Road 1, South Point, who previously pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest, was sentenced to four years CCS under intensive supervised probation, 200 hours community service and 90 days in the county jail suspended.

• Aaron Holley, 37, of 28 Township Road 1038, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree count of theft of drug. Bowling sentenced the man to treatment in lieu of conviction, which requires one year of substance abuse treatment under the supervision of the adult probation department.

• Christopher Webb, 21, of 402 R. Wilgus St., Proctorville, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree count of theft and admitted CCS violations.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison for the theft and four months in prison for the CCS violations.