Report On Terror Attack Plan Sealed

Attorney: Release Of Mental Health Details Harm Teen’s Case

Posted: February 6, 2014

WOODSTOCK — A report detailing a plan to attack Stonewall Jackson High School was ordered sealed on Wednesday by Shenandoah County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Hupp.

The report was written in November when the case against Aaron Trump, 18, who is accused of plotting a terrorist attack against the Quicksburg school, was transferred from Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Trump, of Edinburg, was arrested Sept. 27 after police heard about a planned attack on Stonewall Jackson this spring.

His defense attorney, Brandon Keller, had asked Hupp to seal the entire case file. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola did not object to sealing the transfer report because it contains information about Trump’s mental health.

Acquired by the Daily News-Record in January, the report also contains information about the alleged plot, likening it to the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Details about the plot previously had not been released.

In court on Wednesday, Keller said the report surfaced in news coverage of the case because it had not been sealed. News stories contained information about Trump’s history of mental health and social issues, which could damage Trump and his case, Keller said.

Hupp ordered the transfer report sealed, but did not make a ruling to seal the entire case file. After the hearing, Keller said he hoped Hupp also will close the rest of the file until the case is over.

Trump faces felony charges of attempting to commit an act of terrorism, making a threat to bomb, burn, destroy or damage Stonewall Jackson and constructing a hoax explosive device to intentionally cause another person to believe it was a bomb.

He remains held without bond in Shenandoah County Jail. He is expected to appear in court again on March 12.

Contact Kassondra Cloos at 574-6290 or kcloos@dnronline.com



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