- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A 23-year-old residential adviser at an Alaska boarding school has been accused of allowing students to vandalize an abandoned building during a field trip.

Logan M. Monroe has been charged with five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He declined comment when reached on the phone Tuesday by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (https://is.gd/dri1XJ) after posting $100 bail. He had been initially charged with six counts, but one was dropped immediately.

He was accused of taking six of his students from the Nenana Student Living Center, home to 88 boarding students attending Nenana High School, to the AmeriCorps Complex.

Officials said Monroe believed the complex, located near the city’s airport, was an abandoned housing facility.

Monroe’s alleged actions came to light when village public safety officer Joshua Harville began investigating the theft of about $15,000 in tools from the building this week. Harville said in an email to the newspaper that Monroe is charged with vandalism not theft.

According to a complaint from Harville, Monroe admitted signing the students out of the school to take them to the site.

Monroe said he had taken other students to the site two weeks ago. He said he brought a screwdriver when he took a second group of kids, ages 15-18, there on April 25, to force open a door, according to the complaint.

“Monroe stated some of the kids found spray paint in one of the buildings and did some vandalism before he knew what was happening,” Harville wrote.

The students, however, told the officer that Monroe was with them and didn’t stop them from spray-painting.

Besides smiley faces, the vandalism also included spray-painting the phrases “get out” and “look out” in the building.

The complex is owned by the city of Nenana, which located about 55 miles southwest of Fairbanks on the Parks Highway. Federal Aviation Administration employees were formerly housed in the building.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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