KATY, TX (KPRC) — A Texas high school senior is facing a felony charge after allegedly bullying another student on a grand scale.
Katy school district police contend that between June and October, Robert Gutherie, 17, intimidated a younger classmate in to giving him up to $6,800. The younger boy allegedly stole the money from his parents.
Guthrie was arrested at school Monday and charged with aggregate theft, a state jail felony. He could get up to two years behind bars if he’s convicted. The thought frightens him.
“I’m very scared of what might happen to me and if I end up with a fine, the felony charge is going to keep me from getting a job,” Guthrie told NBC affiliate KPRC-TV.
He claims he and the victim were actually partners.
“He was taking money from his parents to give it to me so I could purchase things for him and me to share,” Guthrie said.
Guthrie said they used the cash to buy videos, electronic games, game consoles and large amounts food. He claims it was the victim’s idea.
“It was all his idea. He was the one stealing the money to give it to me so I could supplement his desire for electronics, and his desire to binge eat. If I had know all of this I wouldn’t have done it,” Guthrie said.
Guthrie said it didn’t occur to him he could be committing a crime. He’s set to be arraigned in November.