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4 Georgia teens charged in possible hate crime

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Four high school students have been accused of vandalizing the home of a Jewish family with swastikas.

Adam Stanley Sugg-Jacobs, 17, and two of the other juveniles, whose names were not released, live in the same neighborhood as the family whose home was vandalized.

The suspects were accused Thursday of damage to property and terrorist threats. Sugg-Jacobs remained in a detention center without bail, but the others were released to the custody of their parents.

The teenagers told police neither race nor religious bias was the motive behind the vandalism, said Gwinnett County police spokesman Darren Moloney. But prosecutor Danny Porter said he will evaluate the case to see if it meets the state's criteria for a hate crime.

Two swastikas were spray-painted on the road in front of Ginger Ragans' home, and a third was etched onto her lawn, along with the word "Fascist" and an obscenity scrawled in the grass. Her trees were draped with toilet paper, and someone urinated and defecated on the family's porch and discarded soiled toilet paper in nearby bushes.