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Cops: Half Hollow Hills student arrested in unauthorized computer use

Salvatore Bracco has been arrested and charged with

Salvatore Bracco has been arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a computer after a series of emailed threats to a high school in the Half Hollow Hills school district, police said. Credit: SCPD

A 16-year-old honor student has been arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a computer, an intrusion discovered during an investigation into multiple bomb threats against his Dix Hills high school.

Suffolk police identified the student Tuesday as Salvatore Bracco, a junior at Half Hollow Hills High School East.

Bracco had not been charged in the threats Tuesday, and an investigation is ongoing, said Suffolk police Deputy Insp. Bill Read of the Second Precinct.

Bracco's parents declined to comment Tuesday.

The teenager was arrested at 8:06 p.m. Monday and charged as an adult in the misdemeanor. Police said an arraignment has been scheduled for Feb. 18.

Half Hollow Hills board president Eric Geringswald said Bracco has been suspended for the school year. "We're happy that the police have been able to get their investigation to the point where there's an arrest," Geringswald said.

Bracco allegedly used a computer without authorization on Oct. 2 and Oct. 24, police said.

Police are investigating whether Bracco's use of the computer is related to three threats sent to the school and to Suffolk police starting on Nov. 6.

Officials said one threat sent to the district read, in part: "im gonna blow up hills east tmrw at 9 am . . . don't try to stop me; you will all die."

The district said an email to police read: "I am bombing Half Hollow Hills East Tomorrow at 9 pm sharpp."

A third email threat was sent to police, resulting in a dismissal for High School East at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3.

Read, who spoke to parents at Monday night's Half Hollow Hills school board meeting, declined to say whether police believe more than one student was involved.

Kesha Woodard of Dix Hills has two children in the district, including a teenager at High School East. She said calls from her son make her "terrified he's calling . . . to tell me there's another threat."

The Second Precinct has assigned a police officer to the high school for the time being.

With Gary Dymski

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