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May 10, 2013

Judge: He's a threat

Methuen teen held another 90 days without bail for alleged terroristic threat

LAWRENCE — A judge yesterday ordered the 18-year-old Methuen High School student accused of making a terroristic threat on his Facebook page held without bail for up to 90 days, calling him a threat to the community.

Cameron D’Ambrosio was in Lawrence District Court yesterday in a suit, tie and shackles for a hearing to determine whether and how he could be released from custody after being arrested May 1. He was charged with making a terroristic threat during which he referred to the Boston Marathon bombing in which three people were killed and more than 200 maimed and injured.

He had been held at the Middleton Jail since his arrest pending yesterday’s dangerousness hearing.

“I believe the behavior here has been escalating,” Judge Lynn Rooney said after reviewing a half dozen records of police and probation reports prosecutors submitted at the hearing. “And it’s very troubling.”

The reports included D’Ambrosio’s arrest in June after a fight over $20 with his older sister, who called police after locking herself in her room. During the argument, D’Ambrosio pushed her and, after she locked herself in her bedroom, threatened to stab her, according to the arrest report from June 21.

Police said D’Ambrosio admitted he said that, but said he was just upset. The case was continued on Oct. 17, and dismissed on April 17, exactly two weeks before he was arrested for the Facebook post.

Rooney said she also was troubled by a police report from November 2011, which said D’Ambrosio threatened to shoot two eighth-grade students. Police said he admitted to making that statement, but was only kidding.

Geoffrey DuBosque, the defense attorney assigned to D’Ambrosio, said D’Ambrosio denied making that statement during a lengthy interview with DuBosque after his arrest.

DuBosque declined to comment after the hearing yesterday.

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