Newspaper Source Plus Members of championship Westbrook baseball team avoid jail time for post-victoryvandalism
Sept. 03--PORTLAND, Maine -- Twelve Westbrook High School athletes who vandalized South Portland fields and golf carts after winning the state baseball championship in June will avoid jail time, Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson announced Tuesday.
Following the June 15 victory, some 17- and 18-year-old members of the Westbrook varsity baseball team celebrated at a South Portland home and then headed to the nearby Wainwright Field Athletic Complex off Highland Avenue.
The teens took golf carts from a storage building, drove them over fields and returned them after causing $6,000 in damage, according to a release. Garbage cans and lacrosse goals were tipped over and beer cans were left throughout the storage building and fields.
There were no witnesses to the crime, but rumors that a Westbrook High School sports team was behind the vandalism prompted a media report. Two weeks later, according to Anderson, lawyer Sarah Churchill contacted Westbrook police to say 12 individuals "wanted to take responsibility for their actions and make amends."
According to Anderson's office, attorneys, prosecutors and Westbrook police reached an agreement in which each of the 12 students would pay $500 restitution, perform 40 hours of community service at the South Portland Department of Public Works and write a letter taking responsibility for the crimes and apologizing to the city of South Portland.
In exchange, Anderson would not prosecute and would keep the identities of the individuals confidential. Anderson said Tuesday that all 12 of the youths already had complied with the conditions in the agreement, paid the restitution and completed the community service.
In the letter