Philadelphia, March 24, 2010: The Honorable Kevin Dougherty, Administrative Judge for Family Court, imposed appropriately harsh sentences Monday and Tuesday on dozens of juveniles charged with taking part in flash mobs in Center City. Those incidents involved a large group of mostly teens running down Market Street, destroying property at Macy’s and engaging in assaulting conduct on February 16, and a second group running through Center City on March 3. Altogether 29 teens were either found guilty or entered guilty pleas in court over the past two days. Judge Dougherty sentenced most of the teens to boot camp, or intensive probation.
“ADA Angel Flores worked extremely hard and deserves great praise for these verdicts,” says District Attorney Seth Williams. “I also want to applaud Judge Dougherty for his appropriate punishment and direct language to these juveniles. Unfortunately this is a problem that our juvenile courts are seeing more and more of. For whatever reason these young people don’t seem to recognize the dangerous outcomes that could result from these flash mob incidents. Fortunately no one has been seriously hurt yet, but that could change if this continues to happen. Hopefully these verdicts will send a message that these reckless actions will not be tolerated in the city.”