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Sugar Land teens face organized crime charges for purported senior prank

by Ron Trevino / KHOU 11 News

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Updated Monday, May 23 at 6:09 PM

SUGAR LAND, Texas – What some students say was just a senior prank could land a trio of Sugar Land teenagers in prison.

Brian Warshauer, 18, Ali Lilani, 17 and Taylor Ashford, 18, are all charged with burglary of a building, evading arrest and engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with an incident at Clements High School on May 13.

Police said they responded to an alarm at the school around 12:10 a.m. and saw 10 to 14 people running out of the building.

All of them but Warshauer, Lilani and Ashford got away.

And now, those three young men could be in serious trouble.

Some students and parents are saying the charges filed against the teens are simply too harsh.

"I think that’s a little harsh to label it," parent Laura Winters said of the organized criminal activity charges.

"To be honest, I don’t think it’s fair. I mean, it’s just a prank. They were just trying to have fun," Clements student Darius Seiber said.

An attorney for one of the students said they were just going to chain some desks to lockers as a senior prank.

Police said nothing was stolen from the school, and nothing appeared to be damaged.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Fort Bend ISD’s Chief Communications Officer Mary Ann Simpson said the other students who fled the scene have since been identified by school officials.

"The Clements administrative staff is adhering to the district’s discipline management plan in dealing with each of the students involved, and policy prohibits the district from discussing student discipline issues. Serious offenses such as a building break-in naturally carry strong consequences in the discipline plan. Unfortunately, the poor decisions made by the students involved have resulted in some serious and regrettable consequences," Simpson said.

Warshauer was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.