Adewumi back in jail on new charges

mcarroll@centredaily.comSeptember 24, 2013 

A Lemont man who is accused of stalking a 17-year-old girl and who has lobbed allegations of bullying and harassment at police in the case is back in jail on new charges.

David A. Adewumi, 25, is now charged with making false allegations of sexual assault against corrections officers at the Centre County Correctional Facility during his previous stay there.

Adewumi, known as a local entrepreneur and student government hopeful at Penn State, was charged in July with stalking a young girl, with whom police said he developed a relationship.

Police said he 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 had been a student-athlete.

Adewumi has denied those allegations, saying he didn’t have a relationship with the girl and that he was invited to the school by a former teacher.

He took that message to a State College Borough Council earlier this month after being released on bail.

Adewumi told the council he was bullied and harassed by police and said he gave officials numerous documents he claims show the girl was abused by her father, who is a police officer.

“I felt that certain members of the Police Department retaliated against me, “ Adewumi said.

State College Police Chief Tom King said the allegations against his department were investigated by state police and the Centre County District Attorney’s Office and were determined to be unfounded.

Adewumi’s attorney, Philip Masorti, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

In new charges filed Monday, state police said Adewumi lied when he told authorities he was sexually assaulted on three occasions in July and August while in the county jail.

Adewumi told authorities that guards touched his genitals while he was handcuffed and in a restraint chair, according to police.

Troopers wrote in charging documents that they reviewed video recordings of the incidents and determined there were no assaults.

Adewumi was charged with a misdemeanor count of making false reports to law enforcement and was placed in the county jail on $5,000 bail. A preliminary hearing for Adewumi is scheduled for Oct. 2.

It wasn’t the first time he was charged while jailed in the stalking case.

Police have also 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 last month that he saw Adewumi standing on the toilet in his cell, tampering with the sprinkler. When instructed to stop, Adewumi allegedly stood on the 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.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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