Most charges dropped for remainder of teens in Prince bullying case

by Town Reminder

Most charges dropped for remainder of teens in Prince bullying case
Renaud statutory rape charge dismissed at O’Brien-Prince request

By Kristin Will
Staff Writer, kwill@turley.com

SOUTH HADLEY – Former South Hadley High School students Ashley Longe, Sharon Chanon Velazquez and Flannery Mullins appeared before Franklin-Hampshire Juvenile Court Judge Daniel Swords Thursday where they admitted to sufficient facts to misdemeanor charges.
Longe admitted to sufficient facts on the charge of criminal harassment, which was accepted by the judge who continued the case without a finding until April 28, 2012, her 19th birthday. She received probation which special conditions, similar to Sean Mulveyhill and Kayla Narey. She is to perform 100 hours of community service with at-risk or underprivileged youth and must work toward completing her GED. She cannot contact the O’Brien-Prince family. Dismissed were charges of a civil rights violation with bodily injury, disturbing a school assembly and assault with a dangerous weapon, to wit a bottle/drink can.
Velazquez admitted to sufficient facts on the charge of criminal harassment, which was accepted by Swords who continued her case without a finding until her 18th birthday on July 8. She must perform 50 hours of community service and the O’Brien-Prince hopes she will perform an additional 50 hours. She must stay away and have no contact with the family and may not profit from the case while on probation. Charges of a civil rights with bodily injury, disturbing school assembly and stalking were dismissed.
Finally, Mullins admitted to sufficient facts on a civil rights misdemeanor charge as well as disturbance of a school assembly. Swords too accepted her admissions and her charge of a civil rights violation was continued without a finding until her 19th birthday, Jan. 17, 2012. The charge of disturbing a school assembly was continued without a finding for three months. She must stay away from the O’brien-Prince family, cannot profit financially from the case while on probation, must perform 100 hours of community service with at risk or underprivileged youth and work toward obtaining her GED. Dismissed where charges of criminal harassment and stalking.
Additionally, at the request of the O’Brien-Prince family, the statutory rape charge against Austin Renaud was dismissed Thursday afternoon “in the interests of justice,” said Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan.

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