BELLEFONTE — A Lemont man known as an entrepreneur and student government hopeful at Penn State opted Wednesday to forgo his first chance to answer to charges that he stalked a 17-year-old girl.
David A. Adewumi, 25, is accused of stalking the girl, with whom police said he developed a relationship, which turned sexual.
Adewumi apparently managed to see the girl even when she was in school, allegedly sitting in on one of her classes this past school year at State High, where he previously was a student athlete.
The girl told police in an interview that she “didn’t feel safe at school.” Adewumi was banned from the premises immediately after the teen reported the incident to the principal, according to charging documents.
She was granted a protection from abuse order against Adewumi in May, and the charging documents show that Adewumi kept contacting her through text messages and occasionally running into her.
Adewumi, who ran unsuccessfully in 2011 for the president of Penn State’s undergraduate student association, is being held in the Centre County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail.
He has run into more legal trouble since being incarcerated.
In a separate case, police accused Adewumi of intentionally breaking the sprinkler head in his cell, causing the system to flood his housing unit with between a half inch to an inch of water.
A corrections officer reported that he saw Adewumi standing on the toilet in his cell, tampering with the sprinkler. When instructed to stop, Adewumi allegedly stood on toilet smiling at the officer but saying nothing.
Soon after, the sprinkler system was set off. Adewumi was charged with a misdemeanor count of institutional vandalism and a summary count of criminal mischief in that case. He also waived his right to a preliminary hearing on those charges Wednesday.
Adewumi was among a group of Penn State students in 2011 who developed OneSchool, a smartphone app for Penn State’s campus. The students received $100,000 from private investors after a trip to Silicon Valley, Calif., and The Wall Street Journal reported their success.
Before that, Adewumi helped organize a service trip to Haiti in 2010 after an earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation.
After graduating high school in 2005, he went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. In high school, he played football and ran track.
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