For Immediate Release - May 18, 2007

Student Pleads Not Guilty To Threatening To Blow Up Danvers High School

Gerald Maher, 17, of 195 Maple Street, Danvers, pleaded not guilty today in Salem District Court to threatening to commit a crime, to wit, to blow up Danvers High School.

Judge Robert Cornetta ordered him held on $10,000 cash bail and set numerous conditions, should Maher post bail. Those include that he remain drug and alcohol free and be subject to random screens, that he stay 500 feet away from any private or public school, and that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation and treatment as deemed necessary. The probation department will put the defendant on a reporting schedule if he is released, and he must abide by a curfew of 9:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.

In addition, Judge Cornetta imposed a bail warning, meaning that if Maher gets into further legal trouble while this case is pending, he could be held without bail for up to 60 days.

Maher allegedly made the threat at the school on Wednesday, May 16.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Satelmajer represented the Commonwealth. Maher is represented by Attorney Edward Sargent.

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