Teen Pleads Guilty to Impersonating State Senator
An Ohio teen has pleaded guilty to charges he impersonated a state senator during a tour of a public high school.
As part of a plea deal, Izaha Akins will likely serve three years' probation after prosecutors say he duped the administrators at Mohawk High School in Sycamore into believing he was a new state senator.
The 18-year-old pleaded guilty this week to impersonating a peace officer, a felony.
It was until weeks later, when the real Sen. David Burke showed up for an appearance, which officials realized they'd been duped.
Akins has been in since March 15 and will remain there until his sentencing in a month.
Akins had originally been free on his own recognizance, but a revoked that and set a $15,000 cash bond after Akins allegedly violated the order to stay in Ohio.
The teen allegedly traveled to Washington, D.C. in February to attend a model congress convention in which students pretend to be lawmakers.
Akins’ lawyer, Andrew Wick, said Monday that Akins is sorry for the negative attention he brought to the school.
“He’s never had any legal problems before. He’s hopeful he can talk to potential employers and educators and explain the reasons for what he did,” Wick told the Toledo Blade.