Cops say youths wrecked OHCHS sports complex

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PARIS – A 12-year-old and a 14-year-old were booked at the Oxford County Jail after police said they caused thousands of dollars in damage to the sports complex at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Sunday afternoon.

They were later transported to the juvenile detention facility in South Portland.

The two, along with two other boys who were cited, broke windows and destroyed equipment and countertops at the Gouin Athletic Complex at the Paris school, said Lt. Michael Dailey of the Paris Police Department.

The other two youths involved were also ages 12 and 14, Dailey said. He did not know if the boys attended the middle or high school.

It seemed the boys were “just doing it for enjoyment,” Dailey said.

High School Principal Ted Moccia did not return calls seeking comment.

Paris officer Christina Sugars responded to the incident while it was in progress, Dailey said. The two boys who were arrested were booked at the jail around 2 Sunday afternoon and charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

Capt. Ernest Martin, jail administrator, said the kids were “really tiny” in comparison to the jail’s other occupants.

By law, juveniles cannot have any contact with incarcerated adults at the jail, Martin said. Usually they stay in the multi-purpose room until officials decide if they will be released to their parents or sent to Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland. Usually the decision is made within six hours, Martin said, but sometimes they will be held overnight if the weather is bad.

The damage to the sports complex is still being assessed, Dailey said.

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