Judge rejects hoax suspect’s bond appeal

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — A Warren County General District Court judge denied a bond appeal Wednesday to the student accused of placing a hoax bomb at Warren County High School Jan. 27.

Judge John Hart Jr. opted to continue holding Caleb Sutphin, 18, without bond because of the threatís nature, the number of people involved and potential mental health issues.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Layton said afterward that he agreed with Hart's decision.

The purpose of bond hearings are determining if the suspect is a flight risk or a potential threat to others, and Sutphin is not, defense lawyer Matthew Beyrau said.

Sutphin was given a 10-day school suspension, set to expire Monday, Beyrau said. The school district expressed in a letter the possibility of reinstating Sutphin pending a meeting with Superintendent Greg Drescher.

If released on bond, Sutphin would be constantly monitored by one of his parents, his mother Susan Sutphin said during testimony. She added Sutphin has eight siblings, and plenty of support.
Sutphin is due back in court March 1.

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