Kingston teen pleads guilty to terrorism charges

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A Kingston teen has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges after the RCMP say he tried to get someone to plant a bomb.

The boy was 16 when he was arrested in Kingston during January 2019.

The RCMP thwarted his plot after following up on a tip from the FBI.

The boy cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

He appeared in court via video Tuesday afternoon and pleaded guilty to facilitating a terrorist activity, having in his possession an explosive substance with the intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property, doing anything with the intent to cause an explosion of an explosive substance that was likely to cause serious bodily harm or death and counselling someone to detonate an explosive device in a public place to cause serious injury or death.

He also pleaded guilty to breach of undertaking after he cut off his monitoring bracelet in April while out on bail.

In an Agreed Statement of Facts filed with the court, he admitted to manufacturing an explosive substance with the objective of manufacturing an explosive device to place either in a public place or to place under a police or military vehicle with the intent of killing innocent people. He said he was doing it for the Islamic State.

When police searched his home, they seized all the necessary materials to build an explosive device.

The teen also admitted to creating a PowerPoint presentation about how to build a pressure cooker bomb and disseminated it through various communications applications. After giving out the instructions, he also counselled an individual to build the device and put it in a bar or public place to kill innocent people for a political, religious or ideological purpose.

Crown attorneys want the now 17-year-old sentenced as an adult.

He will under a psychiatric assessment before being sentenced in September.

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