Teen accused of bomb threat charged with sexual exploitation

by: Angela Hong Updated:

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CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. - A teen who police said made a bomb threat at school and announced that he tried to join ISIS appeared in Cabarrus County court Monday.

Northwest Cabarrus High School was evacuated by police Friday morning after Paul Warner, 16, made verbal threats, officials said.

Warner pleaded not guilty Monday morning.

Officials arrested and charged Warner Monday with two counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Warner is being held in the Cabarrus County Jail with a $200,000 secured bond.

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Police told Channel 9 that Warner stood up in class Friday and said he had a bomb.

During the incident, Warner said he tried to join ISIS, according to police.

A teacher called a resource officer, who found two knives on Warner, police said.

Police said they evacuated and searched the school, because they didn't know if he had anything else on him or in the school.

Warner is charged with making a false bomb report and possession of weapons on school grounds.

Deputies are still investigating whether Warner had actual ties to ISIS or terrorism. 

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