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Reynoldsburg: High school students charged in two separate incidents

A school resource officer arrested a 16-year-old student at a Reynoldsburg High School academy on charges of public indecency and sexual imposition after the boy exposed himself to a 15-year-old girl, Reynoldsburg police reported.

The resource officer said the girl reported the incident to him when he was on lunch duty May 13 at eSTEM Academy, 8579 Summit Road. The girl told the officer she was returning a laptop computer to one of the classrooms at the same time the boy was returning a computer. Once inside the classroom, the boy exposed himself to her and rubbed against her, the girl said.

The officer said he reviewed video surveillance of the hallway that confirmed the girl's initial statements, but there was no video surveillance of the classroom. He said the boy admitted to exposing himself.

The officer said he completed Franklin County Juvenile Court charges against the boy for public indecency and sexual imposition. The boy was dismissed from school for the day, pending a school investigation. His mother picked him up at school, the officer said.

In another school incident May 14, a school resource officer struggled with and handcuffed an unruly student who screamed at the principal at BELL Academy, 6699 E. Livingston Ave.

The officer said he heard the student yelling in the principal's office and asked him to lower his voice. The student refused, pulled his shorts down and exposed his underwear, telling the principal that "he could wear his pants however he wants."

The officer said he told the student if he did not stop yelling he would be arrested, but the boy continued to yell, according to police reports. The officer said the boy resisted arrest so he "took him off balance ... and ... used body weight to take him to the ground."

He secured the boy in handcuffs and transported him to Reynoldsburg Police Department, where he was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest through Franklin County Juvenile Court.

In other recent incident reports from the Reynoldsburg Police Department:

* An officer attempted to issue a noise citation at 1:35 a.m. May 12 at a residence in the 1200 block of Baytree Court. The people inside the house refused to answer the door, according police. An officer said he warned the homeowner at 11:52 p.m. May 11 that the loud music coming from the house would have to be turned down. The officer said the music was louder when he visited the house the second time, at 12:15 a.m., but that no one would answer the door at 1:35 a.m.

"I yelled through the mail slot that the resident owner only needed to step outside to sign for his citation," he reported, but no one answered the door. Police said the incident is still being investigated and the citation may become a warrant.

* Police were dispatched at 4:30 p.m. May 11 to the area in front of a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road Extension on a report of a man with a gun. The responding officer said he met with the caller, who said he had been standing in front of the business when a man driving a silver Honda Accord stopped and asked "what his problem was."

The man said the driver of the car pulled out a black pistol and pointed it up at the ceiling of his car.

The caller said he reached for his phone and the driver drove off, but not before he obtained the car's license plate number.

The officer contacted the driver, who disputed the caller's version of the incident and said he had a concealed-carry permit but that the gun was in the trunk of his vehicle. The officer said with two different stories and no independent witnesses, he closed the incident without charges.

* A man reported tools worth $6,570 were stolen from his unlocked vehicle between 8 p.m. May 11 and 8:49 a.m. May 12 when it was parked in the 6700 block of Walz Place.

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