June 22, 2018
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Terrorizing felony dropped against ex-Orono teen who admitted to posting threats online

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A felony charge lodged against the former Orono teen who admitted to bullying a classmate online that she thought was flirting with her boyfriend was dismissed Tuesday, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.

May Callahan, 17, of Scarborough pleaded guilty on March 26 to a felony terrorizing charge and a misdemeanor terrorizing charge at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Under the terms of her plea agreement, the felony charge was dismissed. The misdemeanor charge will remain on her juvenile record, and she will remain on probation when she turns 18 in March 2014.

“The dispositional conference went as planned, and her case is back in the juvenile system,” James Aucoin, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said Wednesday. “I can’t comment on cases in the juvenile system.”

Aucoin also said that no violations of her probation conditions were reported to him or the court. The conditions, imposed in March, included using her cellphone only for talking and texting, living with her parents, abiding by a curfew, undergoing counseling and having no contact with the victim or her parents. Callahan also was barred from using social media until her caseworker deemed it appropriate.

Under Maine law, information about juveniles is only made public if the defendant is charged with a felony. Because the felony charge was dropped, Callahan’s case now is sealed. Information about the current conditions of her probation were not available Wednesday.

The Bangor Daily News named Callahan because she was convicted of a felony.

The charges stemmed from dozens of threatening, anonymous messages that Callahan posted in the fall of 2012 on the Internet directed at a then-16-year old, according to a previously published report. The girl, Lexi Henkel, and her parents, Judy and Norbert Henkel, spoke publicly about how the cyberbullying had impacted the family.

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