Bucksport High student charged with terrorizing makes court appearance

Nathan Tapley

ELLSWORTH — A Bucksport High School student who has been charged with two counts of terrorizing made an initial appearance April 18 in Hancock County Superior Court.

Nathan Tapley, 18, is represented by Ellsworth attorney Jeff Toothaker.

Tapley allegedly threatened the student body, according to a copy of the complaint.

“Between approximately Feb. 15, 2018 and March 2, 2018 in Bucksport, Hancock County, Maine, Nathan Gregory Tapley did communicate to various members of the student body at Bucksport High School a threat to commit or to cause to be committed a crime of violence dangerous to human life, arson and murder against the student body at Bucksport High School …,” the complaint states.

While the alleged offense occurred over a two-week time span, Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) officials were not alerted to the potential issue until Friday, March 2. Bucksport Police arrested Tapley, who had not been at school, later that day.

Tapley is free on $3,000 cash bail, according to court records. Conditions of Tapley’s release include that he not trespass on RSU 25 property and that he not possess dangerous weapons.

The Hancock County District Attorney’s Office has charged Tapley with one misdemeanor count of terrorizing and one felony count of terrorizing, Class C.

Because one count is a felony, Tapley was not required to enter any plea during his initial appearance.

Tapley is due back in court in May.

Jennifer Osborn

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