NEW: Teen Charged In 'Terror' Case To Be Tried As Adult

Posted: November 27, 2013

WOODSTOCK — A student who was arrested and charged with planning a terror attack at his school next spring will be tried as an adult.

Judge William Logan Jr. decided on Tuesday after a hearing Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court that Edinburg resident Aaron Trump, now 18, should be tried in circuit court as an adult.

Members of the media were not allowed into the hearing.

Trump was 17 when he was arrested Sept. 27 after law enforcement officials heard he was plotting an attack against Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg.

Details about the plan have not been released, but police and prosecutors took the threat seriously. Trump is facing three felony charges of making threats or false threats to damage or bomb buildings, manufacturing or possessing fire bombs or other explosives, and committing, conspiring, aiding and abetting acts of terrorism.

Trump has been diagnosed with autism and was seeking help from a therapist when he was arrested, according to his lawyer.

Trump turned 18 recently and was subsequently moved from the Northwestern Juvenile Detention Center in Winchester, where he had been held since his arrest, to the Shenandoah County Jail.

The next court date for the case is Jan. 15, which is the monthly grand jury day, at Shenandoah County Circuit Court in Woodstock.