Boy Admits to Bieber, Kutcher ‘Swatting’ Pranks
LOS ANGELES — A 12-year-old admitted to 2 counts in connection with “swatting” calls to police that sent officers to the homes of actor Ashton Kutcher and singer Justin Bieber.
The unidentified juvenile, was charged in February with four felony counts of making false bomb threats and computer intrusion.
A misdemeanor was added to the juvenile petition Monday: falsely reporting an emergency in connection to a call at the home of Bieber.
The two other felony counts and the misdemeanor are expected to be dismissed at sentencing.
The term “swatting” refers to prank calls reporting a violent crime with the aim of earning a tactical police response that may include a SWAT team.
The incident at Kutcher’s home on Arrowhead Drive happened in early October.
Police received a report through a TTY device, generally used by deaf people to type text over the telephone, about armed men inside Kutcher’s home.
They briefly held some workers there at gunpoint before reaching Kutcher and concluding it was a hoax.
Other celebrities have been the target of swatting pranks, including Justin Bieber, Tom Cruise, Miley Cyrus and Chris Brown.
Police say the calls tie up resources and unnecessarily put officers as well as citizens in potentially dangerous situations.
A sentencing hearing has not been set for the boy, whose case in expected to be transferred to the county where the boy currently resides.