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S.D. teen planned to bomb school, police say

Joseph Thomas Hansen wrote that he wanted ‘‘to become the world’s most infamous sociopath,’’ police said. Joseph Thomas Hansen wrote that he wanted ‘‘to become the world’s most infamous sociopath,’’ police said.
Associated Press / September 2, 2010

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SISSETON, S.D. — An 18-year-old high school student stockpiled bomb-making materials in his bedroom and wrote about wanting to blow up his school, target individuals he hated, rape women, and “become the world’s most infamous sociopath,’’ authorities said.

Joseph Thomas Hansen, of Claire City, was arrested Aug. 23 after someone tipped off a police school resource officer that Hansen had talked about an attack, authorities said.

“Thanks to an alert citizen and a school resource officer, they were able to prevent a very serious and potentially dangerous situation,’’ state Attorney General Marty Jackley said by phone yesterday.

Hansen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to selling, transporting, or possessing an explosive device and possessing substances with the intent to make a destructive device. He remained jailed in lieu of bail and is due back in court Sept. 14. If he is convicted of all the charges, Hansen could face up to 25 years in prison, Jackley said.

A man who answered the phone at the family’s home who identified himself as Hansen’s father, Roland, referred questions to his son’s attorney, Scott Bratland, who did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.

During a search of Hansen’s room, investigators found a list Hansen wrote of things he wanted to do, including blow up Sisseton High School — where he was set to begin his senior year the day after his arrest — torture and rape women, and “become the world’s most infamous sociopath,’’ according to an affidavit filed Monday.

He listed 39 people he hated and the reasons why.

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