JAY - A Grove man was charged Wednesday connection with recent bomb threat at a Grove campus.
Michael Shane Long, 34, is charged in Delaware County District Court with making a terrorism hoax - a felony. Two outstanding warrants totaling $10,000 was issued for his arrest, court records show.
Assistant District Attorney Nick Lelecas said Long is on probation for domestic abuse.
A motion to accelerate Long's suspended sentence has been filed, Lelecas said.
Two juveniles were also connected to the bogus bomb threat issued earlier this month.
Lelecas declined to comment on whether the juveniles were charged citing state law prohibits commenting about juvenile suspects.
Grove school officials said the student who initiated the threat was suspended for one full calendar year and the other student was suspended for 45 days.
A student text messaged Long's girlfriend and told her to have Long “go to a payphone and call the school and tell them there was a bomb in the school,” according to an arrest affidavit signed by Det. J.R. Highley, a Grove Police officer.
The juvenile told authorities the reason behind the bomb threat was because he wanted to get out of class, the affidavit states.
Long's confession to police confirmed the juvenile's statements, according to court records.
The juvenile who planned the hoax said he got the idea off an MTV show, according to the affidavit.
Long told authorities that the juvenile was making plans about the bomb threat hoax the night before the incident, the affidavit states. He also confessed to knowing the bomb threat was a hoax or a “joke” when he made the telephone call to the school, the affidavit states.
Long had no explanation why he didn't call authorities on his landline telephone or why he went to the payphone instead of using his cell phone to make the telephone call to the school. He told authorities he thought the juvenile wanted out of school.
Long's girlfriend told authorities that the reason they didn't call the police from their home is because Long is on probation.
According to court records, Long was convicted in 2003 of larceny and received a five-year suspended sentence.
In 2006, he was convicted of domestic abuse, assault and battery and served five months.