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Charges issued in Grand Blanc Schools bomb threat

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(09/05/12) - Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton issued two charges Wednesday - making a false report of a bomb threat and using a computer to commit a crime. Both are felonies.

The 27-year-old suspect is expected in court Thursday.

His retained attorney, Michael Manley, tells ABC12 he has serious, diagnosed mental health issues.

The threat, emailed to an old school district email account and discovered last week, targeted three Grand Blanc Schools for the first day of school.

Leyton, Grand Blanc Police and Manley made it clear - they do not believe he intended to harm anyone.

The suspect is a Grand Blanc resident and Grand Blanc High School graduate.

Manley says he intends to seek a forensic evaluation for his client when he is formally charged in court Thursday.

There were no weapons or explosives found at his home or during the search of the schools, according to Leyton and police.

"Nonetheless, great amounts of resources were spent to investigate this matter to ensure the safety of students, staff, and school properties. I commend school officials and the police and all the other public safety authorities involved for taking immediate and swift measures to prevent potential tragedy," Leyton said.

Police and police dogs spent the weekend and Tuesday searching three school buildings.

Leyton said he has received some information that the suspect may have a developmental disorder but that his office had no other choice at this time but to issue the relevant criminal charges.

"While we continue to review this case and all the related circumstances involved, it appears that the threats were a hoax from the start and there was never any intention to actually detonate any bombs or cause any injuries to anyone or damage to school property," Leyton said.

Police, Tuesday, said they traced the IP address of that email threat to a home in the Grand Blanc area.

Manley says that is the suspect's home and all at that home, the man and his parents, are cooperating.

They've turned over computer equipment to police, for example.    

The 27-year-old man was not jailed.

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