Charges for parents of teen who had explosives, dangerous chemicals in family's home

KUSA - The parents of a Castle Rock teenager whose arrest last fall led to the discovery of explosives and dangerous chemicals in the family’s home have been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child abuse, 9Wants to Know has learned.

Both Linda C. Ashe, 46, and John E. Ashe, 52, were accused of having “induced, aided, or encouraged” their son’s possession of explosive or incendiary devices, according to court documents obtained by 9NEWS.

Linda Ashe faces two felony counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor – one related to the explosives and chemicals and the second to the allegation that she “induced, aided, or encouraged” her son to possess marijuana.

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John E. Ashe was charged with a single felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor – based on the allegation involving the explosives and chemicals.

Each of them was also charged with a misdemeanor count of child abuse, alleging that they “unreasonably placed” the boy “in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the life or health” of their son.

Neither Linda Ashe nor John E. Ashe could be reached for comment Thursday. 

The court documents do not explain the basis for the allegations.

Vikki Migoya, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s office, declined to comment on the case.

Their son, 17-year-old John Ashe, was sentenced to two years in the Department of Youth Corrections after pleading guilty earlier this year in Douglas County juvenile court to a felony count of possession of an explosive or incendiary device and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a handgun by a juvenile.

Ashe was 16 when he and another then-16-year-old were arrested Oct. 31 in Castle Rock, according to documents previously obtained by 9NEWS from the Colorado Judicial Department.

Following the arrests – the details of which have not been made public – police went to Ashe’s home in the 400 block of West Prustwick Way in Castle Rock. There, they discovered the two explosive devices and dangerous chemicals, leading to the evacuation of more than 30 homes in the Plum Creek neighborhood.

Some residents had to stay in a temporary shelter while investigators and firefighters worked at the home.

A bomb squad detonated the two explosive devices not far from the home after concluding they were too dangerous to move any farther.

The chemicals were found in glass beakers and jugs and – if combined – could have proved deadly, according to firefighters who responded to the home.

Castle Rock police called in investigators from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The home was ultimately condemned and required professional decontamination.

The second youth, identified by the state judicial department as Nathaniel Warcholik, faces multiple charges, including two counts of felony sexual exploitation of a child and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a handgun by a juvenile. He is now 17.

Warcholik’s case is still pending.

Linda Ashe and John E. Ashe are both scheduled to make their first court appearance June 16.

Contact 9NEWS reporter Kevin Vaughan with tips about this or any story: kevin.vaughan@9news.com or 303-871-1862.

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