Kent State

An 18-year-old man from Kent was arrested and charged with one count of criminal mischief and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles following a Dec. 16, 2018, incident at Kent State University in which a swastika was scrawled onto an office door.

A 12-year-old and a 15-year-old were both referred to Portage County Juvenile Court in connection with the incident as well.

“All three subjects were made persona non grata at the university, which would include Hillel,” said Capt. Chris Jenkins of the Kent State University Department of Public Safety. “So If they come on campus, they’d be subject to arrest.”

Persona non grata means they are not allowed on campus.

The damage at Satterfield Hall included human feces on the first floor near an entrance to the building, damage to microwave ovens by placing metal inside them and then running them on the second and third floors, and the spraying of food and dishwashing detergent in foyers.

According to court documents, on Aug. 26 Judge Laurie J. Pittman found that Gil Lucas, 18, of Kent has a mental illness and that was a factor leading to the defendant’s committing the defense.

He was ordered to complete a treatment program monitored for one year by the adult probation department, that he not consume alcohol or drugs for one year, undergo random substance abuse testing, attend counseling, and pay $179 in restitution to the victim within 120 days.

Lucas was eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction, the judge found, based on his mental illness.

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