Salem, Mass., teen fined for taunting suicidal man

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Posted: Aug 03, 2011 9:02 AM
Salem, Mass., teen fined for taunting suicidal man

A Massachusetts teenager who yelled "jump" to a suicidal man on a rooftop has pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.

David Duchesne (doo-SHANE') was fined $150 in Salem District Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say a 20-year old man climbed onto the roof of a Beverly home on Monday when police acting on a judge's order showed up to bring him to a psychiatric hospital. Prosecutors say the 19-year-old Duchesne and another man then yelled "jump" and shouted profanities.

The Salem News ( http://bit.ly/njN4TF) reports that Duchesne was contrite in court and said he wasn't thinking. He told a judge he would have felt "terrible" if the man had jumped.

The other suspect has decided to fight the charges.

The man on the roof came down after a 12-hour standoff.