Teen Sworn Into Office Despite Criminal Charges

The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to stalking and escape charges just hours before being sworn into Alburtis Borough Council.

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Thursday, Jan 5, 2012  |  Updated 10:03 AM EDT
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Teen Councilman Admits Stalking Ex

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A Lehigh Valley teen was sworn into office Wednesday afternoon, hours after pleading guilty to stalking and escape charges, according to the Morning Call.

Nineteen-year-old Kyle Bower, who was sentenced for allegedly damaging the property of his ex-girlfriend and her family this summer as well as slipping out of handcuffs and escaping police when he was arrested for buying alcohol underage in 2010, is the youngest public official in Lehigh Valley, reports the Morning Call.

Bower was sworn into his seat on the Alburtis Borough Council following being sentenced to two years’ probation for his crimes.

“You’ve been given a great responsibility here...Make the borough proud of you,” council President Steven Hill instructs Bower.

“I will to the best of my ability,” Bower said, according to the paper.

The teen, who blames alcohol and drugs for his past misjudgments, promises that he is receiving treatment.

Bower was drug-tested during Wednesday’s court proceedings, reports the Morning Call, and his test came back clean. 

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