Andrew Oswalt appears in court, banned from the OSU campus, bail raised to $250,000

ASOSU Rep. Andrew Oswalt was indicted on Jan. 30 on two counts of intimidation in the first degree and two charges of criminal mischief in the third degree.

The Baro Staff

In an arraignment hearing Wednesday afternoon, Oregon State University Ph.D. candidate and ASOSU graduate representative Andrew Oswalt was banned from the OSU campus, prohibited from making further contact with victims and witnesses from an incident relating to Oswalt’s alleged placement of racially charged stickers on cars last summer and had his bail raised to $250,000.

Oswalt was arraigned on two counts of intimidation in the first degree and two counts of criminal mischief in the third degree. This comes after Oswalt was arrested and booked on Jan. 22 in the Benton County Jail for two counts of criminal mischief in the third degree. 

During the arraignment, Chief Deputy District Attorney Ryan Joslin stated the state of Oregon’s requested conditions. These conditions included that Oswalt cannot have any contact with any of the named victims and witnesses of the case, as well as a group referred to as Showing Up for Racial Justice. Oswalt is also prohibited from OSU premises as a whole. Additionally, the state requested and was awarded an increased security from $157,000 to $250,000.

“This crime is a hate crime inspired by ignorance,” Joslin said.

Joslin also said that four firearms were found in Oswalt’s residence. The state of Oregon also requested the condition that if Oswalt is released from custody, all firearms in his possession are to be surrendered to law enforcement. All conditions were granted by the presiding Senior Judge Carol R. Bispham.

The courtroom was filled with over forty community members, many of which were wearing stickers with messages such as “Black Lives Matter” and “Love Trumps Hate” written in marker. Oswalt appeared at the arraignment via webcam from the Benton County jail.

Oswalt also requested an application for a court-appointed attorney. According to Bispham, Oswalt will be provided with application paperwork immediately. The case will reconvene tomorrow to determine eligibility regarding a court-appointed judge for Oswalt.

The Barometer will continue to provide further coverage as more information becomes available.

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