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Ashton Kutcher 'false emergency' prank: 12-year-old boy charged

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Prosecutors investigating a 'swatting' prank played on Ashton Kutcher have charged a 12-year-old boy in connection with the incident.

Police attended the Two and a Half Men actor's California mansion on October 3, 2012, following a report of a violent armed robbery at the property.

Ashton Kutcher at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival

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[Ashton Kutcher at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival]

The message was reportedly sent to emergency services by a text-to-speech device which enables deaf people to send text messages via a phone line.

However, it later emerged that the incident was a 'swatting' prank, where a caller falsely reports an emergency situation or serious crime in the hope of provoking a response from a SWAT team or specialist response unit.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with the alleged swatting offence at Kutcher's home.

He is also alleged to have made a similar false emergency call on October 10, 2012, claiming an incident at the Wells Fargo Bank on Wilshire Boulevard.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office confirmed that the boy will face two felony counts of making false bomb threats and two felony counts of computer intrusion when he faces Eastlake Juvenile Court tomorrow (Friday, February 8).

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