Probe advances into autistic teen covered in bodily fluids during Ice Bucket Challenge
CLEVELAND — An attorney for the family of an autistic teenager doused with feces and bodily fluids when he thought he was participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge said on Monday that police know who the perpetrators are even as celebrities continue to offer reward money to find those involved.
Attorney Dean Valore, who represents the boy and his family, said that he has spoken with Bay Village police.
“I know police have a very good handle on the investigation,” Valore said. “Everyone's pretty much been identified.”
Bay Village police Chief Mark Spaetzel did not return telephone calls. But Bay Village schools Superintendent Clint Keener said that police have known from “the get-go” who the perpetrators are.
“The investigation is to sort out everyone's involvement and how it came to be,” Keener said.
Police have said the pranksters could face delinquency charges. But the school district likely won't be able to do anything beyond supporting the teenager, Kenner said, because the prank occurred before the start of the school year and off school property.
The prank caught the attention of the world after the mother of the teen, who had been told he was participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge, found a video of it on his cellphone and allowed media outlets to make it available for public viewing.
The celebrity reward offers began Saturday with comedian, game show host and Cleveland native Drew Carey posting to his Twitter account that he'd donate $10,000 if others would join him.