February 15, 2007

Teen Faces Charges for Laxative Brownies

LYLE, Minn. - What seems to be a high school prank gone terribly wrong is getting no laughs from authorities. Collin Wayne Orth, a Lyle High School student, allegedly laced brownies with laxatives and served them to several students and school staff on Feb. 6.

Later that day, seven employees and five students suffered symptoms of discomfort, diarrhea, stomach cramps and bloody stools.

The 18-year-old is now facing two felony charges.

Orth has been charged with felony adulteration resulting in bodily harm, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, and felony adulteration not resulting in bodily harm, with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Orth admits to buying the laxatives and making the brownies, according to the criminal complaint.

He must appear in Mower County Court on March 19.


Information from: Austin Daily Herald, http://www.austindailyherald.com