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Picton gamer faces charges stemming in US for ‘swatting’ incident

A 17-year-old Picton male is facing charges of public mischief and uttering threats following a ‘swatting’ incident.

Prince Edward County police were asked to assist in an investigation Monday, Oct. 8 regarding a ‘swatting’ call received by the Gardner Police Department in Kansas, USA.

“Swatting is a harassment tactic of deceiving an emergency service into sending a police response team to another person’s address under a fabricated crisis,” said Cst. Pat Menard, of the Prince Edward detachment.

Menard said investigation revealed the correspondence originated from an internet gaming account belonging to a 17-year-old Picton male.

“The male, whose name cannot be named due to his age, was arrested by Prince Edward County officers and charged with 2 counts of public mischief and 3 counts of uttering threats.”

The youth was held for bail Monday, Oct. 9, 2018.

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