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Oxford teen to plead guilty to making online bomb threats

Posted October 18, 2010 9:46 a.m. EDT
Updated October 18, 2010 10:42 a.m. EDT

— An Oxford teenager has agreed to plead guilty to using the Internet to make fake bomb threats to schools nationwide, according to a federal court document.

Ashton Lundeby, 17, was arrested in March 2009 on charges that he and others allowed Web gamers to pay fees to listen to and observe police responses to bomb threats.

Threats were made to numerous colleges, including Purdue University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Clemson University and Florida State University, as well as to FBI offices in Louisiana and Colorado, according to federal court records.

Lundeby last week filed a petition to plead guilty in federal court in Indiana to one count of criminal conspiracy in the case. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the charge.

In the petition, he admitted the group would place calls to locations covered by webcams and then broadcast the video live to as many as 300 subscribers.

His mother, Annette Lundeby, had maintained that her son was framed after he refused to call in a bomb threat to a high school in Australia. She acknowledged that he made prank phone calls on the Internet and charged a fee, but that, to her knowledge, he had never done anything illegal.

Annette Lundeby said her son was at church the night when several threats were called into Purdue in February 2009.

Ashton Lundeby, who has been in a federal juvenile detention center in Indiana since his arrest, also agreed to make restitution to the colleges for the cost of responding to the bomb threats, according to federal court records.