- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

SYCAMORE, Ohio (AP) - The Latest on the case of a youth that authorities say posed as a state senator in a school visit (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Authorities say the 18-year-old who posed as a state senator visiting a high school says he was making a point about school security.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo, Ohio, reports that Izaha Akins said in a brief interview he was showing that rural schools don’t think they are at risk for security breaches, but that they can happen.

Mohawk Local School District officials say Akins visited the high school in Wyandot County in December claiming to be a lawmaker replacing Republican state Sen. David Burke. Akins got a school tour and spoke to a class. Officials realized they had been duped when Burke showed up in January to speak as scheduled.

The Blade reports Akins, of Marion, was charged with telecommunications fraud and impersonating a peace officer.


3 a.m.

Ohio school officials say a young man posing as a state senator toured a high school and spoke to a class, and they didn’t realize they’d been fooled until weeks later.

According to news media reports, Mohawk Local School District officials say the 18-year-old visited the high school in Wyandot County in December and claimed to be a lawmaker filling in for another senator.

Media reports say when Republican Sen. David Burke showed up to speak later, as scheduled, that’s when officials realized they’d been duped.

Burke said in an email Friday to The Associated Press that when he learned about the hoax, he and the school immediately began working with law enforcement. He said, “This was an extremely elaborate scheme and not as simple as walking through the door.”

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