Man Accused Of Threatening School Gets ARD Program
WILKES-BARRE — A Mountain Top man accused of threatening to blow up Rice Elementary School and warning of a “major shooting” on the first day of class has been accepted into a diversionary program and will avoid trial.
Michael John Pac Jr., 31, of 218 Van Ave., Nuangola, has been accepted into the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program, which seeks to divert first-time offenders into treatment and rehabilitation, and allows their cases to be expunged upon completion.
Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas ordered Pac to participate in the program for two years, during which he will be under the supervision of county probation officers. Pac is required to complete 30 hours of community service, avoid drugs and alcohol, and to pay a $200 fee.
A document filed in court Friday said prosecutors agreed to Pac being placed in the program.
Pac was charged with making bomb threats, terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct. Prosecutors alleged he looked up a random Mountain Top family and called to leave several threatening messages.
In one call, Pac talked about blowing up the school, while in another he issued a warning: “Rice Elementary. Major shooting will occur on the first day,” prosecutors said.
Pac was arrested Aug. 27, the first day of school, and admitted making “bad” phone calls one night while he was bored and drinking a beer, according to prosecutors.
Pac has been free since posting $75,000 bail through a bondsman the day after his arrest.
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