ASOSU Rep. Andrew Oswalt was indicted on Tuesday, Jan. 30 on four charges, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s office. His charges are two counts of intimidation in the first degree and two charges of criminal mischief in the third degree.
According to OregonLaws.org, intimidation in the first degree is a Class C felony in which two or more individuals intentionally, recklessly, or through criminal negligence by means of a deadly weapon cause physical harm to another person because that person’s perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or national origin. Intentionally causing someone to fear imminent serious physical injury for these characteristics can also constitute intimidation in the first degree.
The maximum term of imprisonment for a Class C felony in Oregon is five years.
The 27-year old Ph.D. candidate was booked yesterday by the Corvallis Police Department for these four charges. His bail was set at $157,000.
His arraignment is set for 1:30 p.m. today at the Benton County Courthouse. Here, Oswalt will make his first court appearance via video, according to the Benton County Circuit Court.
The Barometer will update this story as information becomes available.