BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A teenager who dressed like a member of the Ku Klux Klan and shouted a racist slur at a black woman in a central Pennsylvania town says it “sounded like a good idea at the time.”
The Bloomsburg Press Enterprise reports that 18-year-old Walter Reibsome faced a preliminary hearing Wednesday on charges of ethnic intimidation and harassment.
A judge ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to trial.
Reibsome said outside court that he is not a racist. He says he meant it as a joke.
Bloomsburg police tracked Reibsome through photos posted on a friend’s Facebook page.
Defense attorney Ray Kessler says he is hopeful a plea bargain can be worked out for Reibsome.
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