Teen sentenced for bus vandalism in Mason

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

MASON, OH (FOX19) - Three Mason juveniles charged with unplugging Mason School's buses from their heating systems in January were sentenced to community service on Wednesday.

All three pled guilty to attempted vandalism, and criminal trespassing, both misdemeanors.

They were each sentenced to complete 300 hours of community service, pay $2500 in restitution, and serve 60 days on house arrest.  The house arrest will run from June 1 - July 30.

The charges stem from January 15 when the juveniles scaled where Mason buses are kept and unplugged the buses from their heating system.

As a result of their actions, and the cold weather, the buses were unable to operate and Mason schools were canceled.

"This is an appropriate decision for everyone involved," Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said. "The charges were made based on the fact that the statute specifically classifies these acts as a felony. The lack of criminal record and the wishes of the victim support this resolution to the matter."