Two Pine-Richland Teens Who Made Lewd Comments to Young Girl Caught

Police Chief T. Robert Amann said the boys are 17-year-old Pine-Richland High School students.

Two teens who made lewd comments to a 10-year-old girl as she walked home from the bus stop in her Richland neighborhood last week have been charged with harassment, said Northern Regional Police Chief T. Robert Amann.

The teens—both 17-year-old Pine-Richland High School students—will perform community service, the chief said. He did not release their names because they are juveniles.

Amann said the girl and a 9-year-old boy were walking together down Woodhill Drive in the Orchard Park neighborhood Thursday after getting off their school bus when they encountered the teens. The chief said the teens made the lewd remarks to the children before driving off. 

Police identified the teens late Friday and interviewed them Monday morning with their parents, Amann said.

"They understand the severity of what they did," Amann said. "They cooperated with us."

The boys admitted their involvement in the incident, he said.

Asked if the boys explained why they made the comments, Amann responded, "They were just being stupid, so to speak."


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woody November 12, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Any link of this with the break-ins reported by Pine-richland Patch in the same neighborhood apparently in the same time frame???
Susan M. November 12, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Just because kids say stupid things does not make them burglars!
Stacy November 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I'm glad they are doing some community service but also think they need, at very least, some required classes / counseling on their sexually inappropriate behavior towards a child. We had a student at the high school expelled for the remainder of a year because of an inappropriate comment he made off of school grounds....this behavior of these two young men seems to be handled with much softer gloves.
Susan M. November 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Agree. In this day and age they should know better than to do this. I hope their parents are proactive and get these kids some therapy.
Trigirl84 November 13, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Really people, therapy? Whatever happened to teenagers just doing stupid things?? While I do not condone this behavior-- didn't anyone else grow up making crank phone calls, whistling at people as they rode by, or knocking on doors and running away? This sounds more like bullying than a criminal matter to me.
Susan M. November 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM
First off, the kids are 17....adults in 1 year. The girl was 10. Kind of weird if you ask me. I can see a 17 year old cat-calling or making suggestive statements to a 14, 15 or 16 year old, but 10??? Come on...there are some serious issues there. The parents have 1 year (if that) to teach them how bad that behavior is because the next time it may be a felony and they will be registered sex offenders---even if they were only pranking or bullying. The laws are NOT on the side of pranksters.
James Dale Barrington November 13, 2012 at 02:54 PM
These are kids still. Adolescence is not an age thing as maturity is not an age thing, but it happens in that precarious period of our lives where we do a lot of stupid things. That's why growing up happens throughout our lives. We have trouble getting rid of the half-witted things we do, entirely. We do not fully leave them in the past. What these kids did was adolescent because 'IT' was senseless and doltish. Youth act out like that. -- They also confessed to doing it and were given the appropriate penalty because of it; community service. Chief of Police Amann called it what is was; stupid. -- The 'embarrassment' will stay with them as an on-going memory. In this case that's enough of regret. -- Trigirl84, I agree with your response, and I agree with you Susan M. that the law is not on the side of pranksters, but in this case they were on the side of the 'adolescent,' and that made it 'fair' to the offense. -- Justice and wisdom won the day....
Susan M. November 13, 2012 at 06:32 PM
However, I would rather get my son some therapy now and not have to go visit him in a jail cell in the future. I still argue that they are old enough to have known that this type of behavior could bring serious consequences in this day and age.
Parent of 2012 Grad November 13, 2012 at 07:45 PM
What on earth are you talking about, Susan? Therapy?? Anyone who has been around teenagers know that they can be incredibly impulsive and by extension, act stupidly. Their brains are "teen brains" and they're a work in progress at 17. That's why you read about them driving recklessly at high rates of speed, see them skateboarding down steps with invincibility, etc. Do you really think that they began their drive planning to find a young girl and make lewd comments with nefarious/malicious intentions? That they weighed the consequences of their actions before they spoke? Ridiculous.
Susan M. November 13, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Well good luck with your kids Parent of 2012 Grad.. If my 17 yr old son was caught making lewd comments to a 10 year old, I would make sure he learned his lesson and why it was wrong. Get a grip! That is what is wrong with society anymore, parents are too busy taking care of themselves instead of watching their kids. Glad you let your kids do all of those stupid and foolish things. This country is WONDERFUL!
Elizabeth November 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I bet these kids were handed a car from their parents when they got their license, not working, being handed gas money from their parents, etc. They might not need therapy, while i agree teenagers make stupid mistakes but maybe parents should put some reins on their kids and not be giving them everything just because they can. Gonna be hard when they are on their own in the real world.
Parent of 2012 Grad November 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM
No need to screech, Susan. Also, do not presume or judge my children -- you become even more irrelevant. Certainly, there is enough research/data supporting my assertion regarding teens. Where is the data supporting yours: making lewd comments is the trajectory for sexual offenders/predators/pedophiles, (fill in any deviant behavior) etc. making lewd comments equates to expected jail time. Pick your battles. Teens face serious challenges -- this admitted transgression is not one of them. But, Susan, this country IS wonderful -- Feel free to get all the therapy your kids need.
Susan M. November 14, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Girl, please. Screech? Maturity at it's finest. Take your blinders off.
lou ann Murray November 14, 2012 at 07:13 PM
What about the effect this may have had on this 10 YEAR LITTLE GIRL !! seems like everyone has forgotten about her. These young men ( I use the term MEN loosely) may have this little girl so scared that she is afraid to be outside in her own yard or walking from the bus. There are people who commit crimes everyday that do not cause harm or distress to 10 year old girls and are fined plus thrown in jail. These boys should have been charged with some type crimminal act reap what they sow. A slap on wrist and community service is not going to stop them from doing stupid things in the future. Since there are no charges there they don't have to OWN what they did. Please the girl and her family are the victims not the boys. This kind of behavior in the real world is not tolerated people loose thier jobs and go to jail. I think that Susan M has the right idea and Parent of 2012 Grad my prayers go out to you sounds like you may need them in the future.
Parent of 2012 Grad November 14, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Entertaining. Quote where I stated there should be no consequences or discipline, lou ann Murray? Where did I say that no one should care about this little girl? Really, scroll back, find and quote it. I'll take the high road and not comment at your self-serving offer of Christianity. You need to be more discerning, however, if you agree with Susan stating that, without therapy, lewd comments is the harbinger of sexual predation and jail time, albeit they won't become burglars. That she has absolutely no idea what exactly was said is beside the point. She also has no idea if the family disciplined these kids, but that too is beside the point. She has no idea if this was just a prank that turned awry, but, alas, that is also beside the point. She KNOWS these kids are on the road to destruction without therapy. Of course, we have Chief Amman stating: "They understand the severity of what they did," Amann said. "They cooperated with us." The boys admitted their involvement in the incident, he said. Asked if the boys explained why they made the comments, Amann responded, "They were just being stupid, so to speak." But, Susan knows the real story. Hey, have a great day!
Susan M. November 14, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Geez "Parent of 2012 Grad"---not sure what I ever did to you to get this bullish behavior thrown my way, but I see you are looking for a fight. Sorry, I have no interest.
Parent of 2012 Grad November 14, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I guess you don’t see the irony, Susan M. Your behavior, because you’re an adult, is actually quite disconcerting. You hold these teens to a high standard, yet you can level unfounded allegations with impunity. When I challenged your assertion, instead of supporting it, you responded: “Well good luck with your kids Parent of 2012 Grad. Glad you let your kids do all of those stupid and foolish things.” Further, you insinuated that I was too busy taking care of myself instead of watching my kids, adding I should “get a grip.” Who’s being bullish, Susan M.? No need to answer, I really don't care anymore. My money is on Chief Amman, not your wholesale condemnation.
James Dale Barrington November 14, 2012 at 11:39 PM
With you on that Parent of 2012 Grad, Chief Amman handled the situation like I would want the Police Chief to do....
Cindy Cusic Micco November 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM
The boys were charged with harassment.
Susan M. November 15, 2012 at 12:11 AM
My opinion was that 17 year old boys should have enough sense to know that making lewd comments to a 10 year old is wrong. Where do you want me to pull the literature from? (I'm afraid to ask). I stated my thoughts on the matter, and you immediately went into defense mode to protect these boys. Family members of yours? Maybe, doesn't matter. I stand behind my OPINION that these boys should know better, and since they don't someone better teach them. I agree the police did the right thing, I am not stating they didn't. I don't feel that they need a stiffer punishment from the law, but they do need the family to assess the situation, teach and provide therapy if needed.
Parent of 2012 Grad November 15, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Pathetic straw man, Susan M., but whatever. Most importantly, your delusional thinking and lack of logic supporting your "opinions" is disturbingly more frightening to me than anything these teens did. See, you're an adult. When you assert, in response to my challenging you, that I: "... immediately went into defense mode to protect these boys. Family members of yours?" you need someone to be direct and tell you that you are being stupid and sophomoric. Maybe Chief Amman could better explain. Lastly, just for some edification. I don't need to generate support for your wild assertion that teens yelling inappropriate comments out a car to a young girl cause them to be sexual predators/sexual offenders. That is on you. Good luck with that.
Susan M. November 15, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Oh dear God,, Proud..you need serious help. I am so done with you. Good-bye.
lou ann Murray November 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Dear parent 2012 WOW is all I have to say... I never said you didn't care about the little girl just that the focus is on boys not the little girl and her family and how this effects them. You were so bent on pointing out that they were TALKED to and no they were wrong. This does not make that little girl feel any better or safer since they are allowed to go on like nothing happened.
PRGRAD11'-YALE15' December 23, 2012 at 02:03 AM
move on with your lives. the kids learned their lesson by now and guess what? neither suzy or the grad parent can do anything. I'm in college now. you're generation is so out of date in arrogance. you guys are arguing over an article about some inappropriate comments to a 10 year old who probably doesnt even remember it. the kids were 17 so it comes off their record. hence: why they got charged with a misdemeanor serving as a "warning" due to it coming off of the record in a year. I'm sure reality set in with those ignorant boys and i hope it has with you two ignorant parents.
Susan M. December 23, 2012 at 02:17 AM
You are a little late, child. This conversation has been over since November 18th.


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