A student from Cortland is accused of threatening to burn down her school, but police figured out what was she was doing.
Cortland Police say Brianna Bovay, 18, thought she was using a phone app that would disguise her texts and make them appear to be coming from another phone.
Bovay was arrested Saturday morning by Cortland Police, who were assisted by New York State Police.
Cortland Police Lt. Rick Troyer says troopers have had their own encounters with Bovay.
According to information provided by police, some of Bovay’s messages threatened another 18-year old student.
Troyer says Bovay filed a false report with Cortland Police saying she was getting threatening texts, when she was sending them to herself and threatening Seven Valley New Tech Academy.
Police charged Bovay with:
- Aggravated Harassment
- Obstruction of Governmental Administration
- Falsely Reporting an Incident
- Making a False Written Statement
- Criminal Impersonation of Another
- Making a Terroristic Threat (a felony)
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child
Information provided by police shows that from March 20 through March 22 Bovay sent text messages through a phone app that made it appear the messages were coming from a different cell phone (not hers’).
She is accused of sending text messages threatening an (unnamed) 18-year female and threatening to burn down the Seven Valley New Tech Academy (she attends that school).
According to police, she filed a false written report stating that she was receiving threatening text messages, when she was sending the messages to herself.
The New York State Police had similar incidents with Bovay and assisted Cortland Police in its investigation.
Search warrants and subpoenas were obtained for phone records, which lead to the arrest of Bovay.
She was released and is to appear in Cortland City Court on April 18.