SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - San Luis Obispo police said they have arrested a 15-year-old male on hate crime charges last Thursday.
The suspect and 15-year-old victim both attend San Luis Obispo High School.
The police investigation revealed the suspect had been bullying an Autistic male student since the beginning of the school year.
The suspect sent threatening and derogatory text messages related to the victim’s special needs and perceived sexual orientation.
The suspect also threatened to physically assault the victim because of his Autism.
The investigation revealed there was a physical altercation between the suspect and the victim at San Luis Obispo High School in late February.
Due to their ages officials will not release identities of the suspect and victim.
Police also discovered the suspect approached the victim after the suspect was made aware of law enforcement’s involvement. The suspect allegedly threatened the victim after discovering he filed a police report.
The suspect was booked into San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Services Center where he received a $75,000 bail.
His charges are as follows:
PC 422, Criminal Threats- Misdemeanor
PC 422.6, Hate Crime- Felony
PC 136.1(B)(1), Witness Intimidation- Felony