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Hamshire-Fannett teen accused of keying teacher's car indicted for criminal mischief

Cody Lee Arnold

A 17-year-old student at Hamshire-Fannett High School was indicted Wednesday for criminal mischief after sheriff's deputies say he caused nearly $2,800 in damage to a teacher's vehicle.

Cody Lee Arnold, 17, is accused of using a key to scratch the 2015 Jeep Cherokee of a coach who had caught him approaching a restricted area near campus in October, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The teacher instructed Arnold and other students to return back to onto campus and all the students complied, the affidavit states. The teacher was later approached by students who told her they just witnessed Arnold scratch the passenger side of her car, according to the affidavit.

She immediately left the gym and approached Arnold, who was still near the car. Arnold denied keying the car, but at least four students told the teacher they saw him cause the damage, the affidavit says.

Arnold is charged with state jail felony criminal mischief. If convicted, the crime carries a maximum punishment of two years in prison.

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