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Criminal mischief charge lands in lap of Penn State RB

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An incident late last year has led to a criminal charge for a member of the Penn State football program a couple of months later.

Running back Akeel Lynch, the Centre Daily Times reports, has been hit with one count of criminal mischief.  The charge stemmed from a November incident at an on-campus residence hall.

The Allentown Morning Call is reporting that a broken window was involved, while the Daily Times reports that said window was broken as Lynch was trying to scare a friend.  The total amount of damage was $938.

A preliminary hearing for the freshman has been set for March 27.

In a tweet posted to his Twitter account, the player wrote that the “[s]ituation occurred last semester, complete accident and already handled.”  He added “[h]ave a great day” at the end of the tweet.

A three-star member of the Nittany Lions’ 2012 recruiting class, Lynch confirmed in August that he would indeed be playing his football at Penn State instead of bolting in the wake of NCAA sanctions.  Lynch used his redshirt during his true freshman season last season, but has been singled out by head coach Bill O’Brien as a player who could make an impact in 2013.

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19 Responses to “Criminal mischief charge lands in lap of Penn State RB”
  1. dawglb says: Feb 25, 2013 10:31 PM

    It is unreal what becomes News worthy, these days. A broken window, not beating his girlfriend, not DUI, a broken window. We talkin’ about a broken window. Not a DUI, not armed robbery, …..a broken window.

  2. kansacity88 says: Feb 25, 2013 11:29 PM

    That’s one expensive window….or maybe I am just outta the loop on market prices for windows!

  3. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Feb 26, 2013 4:38 AM

    I’m taking that same criminal mischief course at PSU. The dude is really underachieving. Our assignment was to find the JoePa statue and get pictures teabagging it, not break windows.

  4. seanb20124 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:04 AM

    How can I scare my friend? I know, I’ll break a window.

  5. smokingto says: Feb 26, 2013 7:37 AM

    Can’t wait to see how the moran’s link this to sandusky!!!

  6. dbldmr says: Feb 26, 2013 7:55 AM

    The “moran’s?” You wouldn’t mean morons, would you?

  7. smokingto says: Feb 26, 2013 8:23 AM

    dbldmr Hurray for you u, u caught a misspelled word. Your a genius!!

  8. mydixienormus says: Feb 26, 2013 8:35 AM

    I believe he was pointing out the irony of you calling someone a moron and misspelling it. Think on that one a while…

  9. mydixienormus says: Feb 26, 2013 8:37 AM

    You also misspelled “you’re”…

  10. normtide says: Feb 26, 2013 10:48 AM

    I agree, a broken window… This is a sign of the times. I have done things like this, making jokes our trying to scare friends. Ofc back then, you just had to pay for damages. No criminal record, no picture in the paper. To a point, boys were expected to be boys. Every incident didn’t require retribution.

  11. ironman721 says: Feb 26, 2013 10:53 AM

    Broken window, the NCAA will come down hard on this! Another $60 million fine and another year of bowl ban. They better step in quick before this gets out of control. Come on Emmert save the day and make a stand for innocent windows everywhere!

  12. dutchman1350 says: Feb 26, 2013 11:27 AM

    Another episode of football culture. Also heard PSU football player graduation rate plummeted to 84%…NCAA is going to hammer them.

  13. tommy57 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:39 PM

    I agree with Norm and Dawg – I’m not sure a broken window is news – except that it’s PSU. I’d agree it was news if the crime had been something similar to the other bone-headed actions we’ve read about in the past few weeks where kids from less than optimum life circumstances are squandering a life-improving opportunity.

    In this case, as it will be with any issue at PSU for the future, it might be news for those (including me) who are interested to see they are handled. I think some other universities are also taking-up the minor infractions or issues that they may have just ‘let go’ in the past.

    It’s just a sign of the times in two areas – first, nobody wants to see anything even close to the PSU crimes happen again and are, for now, perhaps overreacting.

    Second, the quality of the character of many collegiate athletes today is disappointing.

  14. onceuponatimeinsports says: Feb 26, 2013 2:25 PM

    This is what happens when JoePa isn’t around to hush things up for his players…..

  15. iownyou2 says: Feb 26, 2013 9:24 PM

    onceuponatimeinsports says: Feb 26, 2013 2:25 PM

    This is what happens when JoePa isn’t around to hush things up for his players…..
    Yes another clueless idiot! Joe was know for putting idiots on his team in the “doghouse” and they never got out. (See Paul Jones, Devon Smith, Stephfon Green recently.) All good players on that team and were rarely if at all played after they got in trouble or sucked academically. Maybe you should be taking a look at Urban’s history down at Florida (calling players “injured” for a game instead of reveling the real story and suspending them) or Jim Tressel knowingly allowing his players to trade rings for tattoos.
    Maybe you should learn something before you open your mouth.

  16. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Feb 28, 2013 12:23 PM

    I’m glad yo see things are back to normal in Happy Valley

  17. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Feb 28, 2013 12:23 PM

    I’m glad yo see things are back to normal in Happy Valley

  18. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Feb 28, 2013 12:24 PM

    Glad to see things are back to normal in Happy Valley.
    Was it a window on the shower?

  19. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Feb 28, 2013 12:27 PM

    Ba ha ha!!!

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