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A St. Mary’s teenager was back in custody at a state juvenile facility and facing another court hearing this week, after a judge pondered her response to questions about drug tests amid charges from an assault and pornography investigation.

The 15-year-old girl admitted her involvement earlier this month to charges of second-degree assault and displaying an obscene photograph of a boy, whose father watched the plea hearing and later expressed his disappointment that the girl was sent home after that proceeding. The boy’s father, who said his son has a form of autism, was also in court last Thursday morning.

Thursday’s hearing, with the girl at the defense table with her parents, focused on a series of drug tests for marijuana dating to when the girl was granted pretrial release and was placed on house arrest at the end of last month. The judge was told that lab results from one of the tests had come back positive, indicating that the girl had used marijuana.

St. Mary’s State’s Attorney John Pleisse argued that the positive test finding was established amid “other issues at the home.” James Tanavage, the girl’s lawyer, countered that his client “adamantly denies that she has used since she’s been out” from her initial three weeks of detention at the Thomas J.S. Waxter Children’s Center in Anne Arundel County, which began when she was arrested in early March.

The girl said in court that she smoked marijuana before she was first taken into custody, but no more than a couple of times.

St. Mary’s Circuit Judge Michael J. Stamm responded that marijuana should be detectable in an occasional user for no more than seven days.

“In either event, I’m not getting an honest answer from you,” Stamm said. “I don’t trust you. I’m going to detain you.”

The 15-year-old was one of two girls arrested last month on charges alleging criminal misconduct against the boy from their school.

The prosecutor said at the 15-year-old’s plea hearing that she befriended the 16-year-old boy at Chopticon High School, and that during six to eight encounters between last December and February, she and the other girl engaged in “clearly despicable behavior” with the boy.

The older suspect in the case, 17-year-old Lauren Ashley Bush, has been charged in circuit court with first-degree assault, false imprisonment and inducing the boy to be a subject of a performance depicting sexual conduct and sadomasochistic abuse. Bush’s lawyers have filed a request that the counts against their client, charged from the onset as an adult, be transferred to juvenile court.

St. Mary’s detectives filed district court charging papers last month alleging that cellphone videos showed Bush assaulting the boy at his Mechanicsville home, depicted the boy and the younger girl sitting on a bed with a dog, and recorded the boy walking onto a frozen pond, where he repeatedly fell through the ice and got back out on his own.

jwharton@somdnews.com