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DETROIT — A Michigan teen is accused of making a series of disturbing and harassing phone calls to schools that were the sites of past school shootings, including Sandy Hook Elementary School and Arapahoe High School, police said Thursday.

Dylan Alexander Clark, 17, of Sterling Heights, Mich., is charged with false report or threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony, and using a computer to commit a crime, which is punishable by 20 years to life in prison, Sterling Heights police said. He was arrested Wednesday.

Clark was ordered held on a $50,000 cash surety bond during arraignment Thursday, police Lt. Luke Riley said. He said Clark is to wear a GPS tether if he is released on bond and was ordered not to use the Internet. Clark's preliminary exam is set for March 31, Riley said.

Several blocked calls were made Feb. 11 to Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., and a threatening phone call was made the same day to Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo.

Riley said the charges stem from the call to Arapahoe, where the caller threatened to burn down the school. He said there were calls made around the same time to Virginia Tech and in January to Columbine High School, also in Colorado, but he did not know the nature of those calls.

"Whether or not there are additional charges from the other calls is still under investigation," Riley said.

The calls to Sandy Hook Elementary involved a younger male repeatedly making reference to the shootings and claiming to be a relative of the shooter. The caller then named all of the children who died, police said.

After a subpoena search of phone records showed the calls were being made from a Sterling Heights residence, police in Monroe, Conn., where Sandy Hook Elementary students now attend school, contacted Sterling Heights police to carry out the investigation.

Several blocked calls were initiated from Clark's home that day to the school, police said.

Police Detective Lt. Keith White in Monroe, said there are police officers in the schools and on the school grounds there to investigate complaints.

"We felt this particular call warranted further investigation," he told the Detroit Free Press. "Just the nature of the call and the content of his conversation with (school) office staff."

A woman who answered the phone at Sandy Hook Elementary said there was no one available to speak about the matter.

Twenty-six people — 20 children and six adults — died in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012.

During their investigation, police learned that Arapahoe High School also received a threatening phone call Feb. 11 that originated from the same Sterling Heights residence.

One student was killed in the shooting at the Colorado school in December.

Riley said Sterling Heights police were made aware of the situation Tuesday and moved quickly once they received the information from police in Connecticut, with an arrest the next day.

Police recovered a laptop computer, a Kindle electronic tablet, a spiral notebook and cellphones during a search of Clark's home, items that Riley said are being examined.

Riley said Clark is not enrolled in school locally. He said Clark has no connections with anyone tied to the past school shootings.

Riley said Clark was arrested without incident and "was cooperative."

Police had contact with Clark earlier this month when Clark made a phone call threatening suicide to an alarm company, Riley said. No charges were filed after that incident, he said.

White said he believed all of the calls were on Feb. 11. He declined to say how many places were called. He said he has not had contact with Clark and does not know why he allegedly made the phone calls.

"I'd like to ask him that myself," White said.

Arapahoe County Sheriff David Walcher confirmed that on Feb. 11 a phone call of a threatening nature came to the school and the sheriff's office did send out additional officers there. It was without incident, he said, but the threat "certainly was there."

He said his detectives have been in contact with Sterling Heights detectives and others elsewhere on that case.

White said that he believes the arrest "puts these school systems a little more at ease."

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