Norwalk runaway teen placed on house arrest

NORWALK Calvin Riley is out of detention but will remain under 24-hour supervision in the custody of
Cory Frolik
May 24, 2010



Calvin Riley is out of detention but will remain under 24-hour supervision in the custody of his parents, court officials said.

On Thursday, Huron County juvenile Judge Timothy Cardwell placed the 13-year-old Bronson Township boy on electronically-monitored house arrest. The Norwalk Catholic School seventh-grader was previously incarcerated at the Sandusky Juvenile Detention Center after becoming the center of a multi-state manhunt earlier this month.

“The parents assured the court Calvin would be safe at their home under house arrest and would pose no risk,” said Calvin’s attorney, James Joel Sitterly. “I think the court made its decision based on no history of violence, the psych report and that he didn’t pose a physical threat to himself or anyone else.”

A standard condition of house arrest, Calvin is forbidden from contact with students and school officials, and his parents must secure all car keys, firearms and ammunition, juvenile court administrator Chris Mushett said.

“He’s not allowed to text, e-mail, write, have visitors or phone calls or anything like that,” Mushett said.

Except for trips to see the doctor and other necessities, Calvin will not be allowed to leave home. Leaving home without permission would activate an alarm, alerting probation officers.

Authorities said Calvin stole a neighbor’s truck and disappeared with two rifles and more than 400 rounds of ammunition. A missing person search evolved into a more aggressive hunt about the time authorities allegedly found a crude diary filled with threats against 33 students, teachers and school officials.

After turning himself in to Tennessee authorities about 24 hours after he was first reported missing, Huron County Sheriff’s deputies transported him back to Ohio.

Last week, Calvin denied delinquency charges of causing panic and stealing a truck and gun.

If found guilty, he faces punishments ranging from incarceration to community service or removal from his home.

At the hearing, Sitterly and Calvin’s parents urged Judge Cardwell to put Calvin into their custody.

Cardwell said he first wanted to know the boy’s state of mind and ordered he undergo a psychological evaluation.

A psychiatric examination is forthcoming.