A member of scholar government at Ohio College has been charged with a misdemeanor soon after she allegedly built phony statements to police about receiving threatening messages.
Anna Ayers, who is a member of the OU pupil senate, was arrested Monday and charged by the Ohio University Law enforcement Department with a few individual counts of “making wrong alarms.” It is alleged that Ayers falsely documented numerous threatening messages, including a “death menace,” which she statements was mainly because of her staying a member of the LGBTQ community.
But an OU law enforcement division investigation unveiled that Ayers’ claims have been phony. The probe further more uncovered that Ayers experienced “placed the messages herself, prior to reporting them,” in accordance to an OU police statement.
“Ayers earlier reported obtaining a collection of threatening messages, two of them in the College student Senate business office, and just one of them at her residence,” the OU Law enforcement Department’s assertion reads, adding that, “subsequent investigation by OUPD identified that Ayers experienced placed the messages herself, prior to reporting them.”
Ayers, the previous scholar senate appropriations commissioner, described to the pupil senate previous 7 days that she received a observe in the pupil senate workplace on September 27, which she mentioned “expressed intense hatred… simply because of who I am,” according to an article in The Submit, a pupil-operate newspaper on campus.
The adhering to 7 days, October 6, Ayers thanked supporters on Twitter for remaining with her “during a quite awful time.”
The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at OU, which Ayers attends, tweeted its assistance for the previous pupil senator.
Ayers alleged that she gained more demise threats contained inside of messages on notes. The messages took goal at her identity as an LGBTQ local community member, in accordance to her account.
“Making ‘false alarms’ is a to start with-diploma misdemeanor that can have a optimum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.” In accordance to an OU Police Department tweet, “Ayers is scheduled to show up in Athens County Municipal Court docket Thursday morning.
“We are nonetheless processing and encouraging our members to consider time to recover and utilize campus guidance resources correct now,” Student Senate President Maddie Sloat claimed in a statement to Campus Reform. “We’re complying with the investigation and OUPD. We hope Anna gets the support that she requires.”
With regard to her place in [the student senate, spokesperson for the student government organization told Campus Reform, “Anna Ayers resigned from her position this morning.”
“All complaints of harassment and threats of violence are taken seriously at Ohio University and investigated as fully as possible with a desire to uncover facts,” Carly Leatherwood, senior director of communications at Ohio University told Campus Reform in a statement on Tuesday.
“As a matter of process, in addition to adjudication in the criminal court, any student who is charged with a crime is referred to the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility in order to determine if a violation of the Student Code of Conduct has occurred,” Leatherwood added.
The Ohio University police department referred Campus Reform back to its press release and did not offer any further information. Campus Reform reached out to Ayers for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.