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Decorah teens face charges for harassing kids


Three Decorah teens face charges after police say they approached kids walking home from school and offered them candy, ice cream and rides home.

Chief Bill Nixon says his department received reports of a silver car approaching kids in the area of Washington and Railroad Streets on March 5.  Witnesses reported that a number of possibly high school age boys were yelling at kids as they walked home from Carrie Lee Elementary.  Nixon says a similar incident was reported on March 2.

On March 6, Nixon went to the school district with the information.  The school sent out a text message to warn parents and see if they could identify the car.

By 10:30 a.m. that morning, Jason Orvis and Erik Orvis, both 18, and a 17-year old were identified as the boys who were yelling at the kids.

All are charged with two counts of third degree harassment.  The Orvis' are charged as adults, the 17-year old was referred to juvenile court.

Nixon said none of the boys could be charged with enticement because that charge requires a more specific intent of sexual assault or other crime.

The three admitted to approaching the kids, but said they had no intention of luring or hurting anyone.

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