Judge tightens release conditions of former Lewis and Clark student accused of threatening to shoot classmates

August 8, 2018

A Spokane judge tightened the restrictions Tuesday on a former Lewis and Clark High School student accused of threatening to shoot his classmates after a witness reported they saw him violate the conditions of his release.

After posting a $100,000 bond in June, Ryan B.K. Lee, 18, was ordered to not have contact with anyone under the age of 18. According to a police report accompanying an arrest warrant, a witness snapped a photo of Lee attending a church youth group at Summit Church in Spokane earlier this month.

Lee’s defense attorney, Derek John Reid, said this is Lee’s first contact with the criminal justice system and the release conditions made it difficult for him to go anywhere without violating them. He said the family, including Lee, had attended Hoopfest and a youth group, but the family had been supervising him closely.

Judge Maryann Moreno did not choose to raise Lee’s bond amount, but did find that he was in violation of his release conditions.

“I want to impress upon you the fact that while you are innocent right now as you stand here, until proven guilty, there are significant allegations against you that frighten this community,” she said.

Moreno said the release conditions were clear. She reiterated that Lee could not have contact or communicate with a minor, adding to that the condition that he may not attend events or go to locations where minors tend to congregate, regardless of parental supervision.

Lee is accused of posting shooting threats online from May 26 to 29, and sending sexually explicit messages to an underage student. About half of the student body stayed home from school the day after the threats were posted.

Lee, who was booked into the Spokane County Jail on Monday, is charged as an adult with first-degree communication with a minor for immoral purposes and two counts of felony harassment.

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