“This is an unfortunate and hurtful incident, and we are glad that so many people were able to assist police in determining the individuals responsible,” Powers said. “Hateful behavior in any form is not acceptable, and perpetrators should be held accountable.”
In addition to a count of ethnic intimidation, Hyland and Grom face charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. All of the charges are misdemeanors.
King said the severity of the criminal mischief charge was tied to how much monetary damage the pair caused, and the ethnic intimidation count is weighted based on the other charges.
“What’s most serious is the nature of the crime, that their acts contained anti-Semitic writings,” he said. “That’s what we’re concerned about.”
Hyland and Grom will be notified of the charges by mail.
In a statement, the Acacia fraternity said fraternity members cooperated with police and that the information they provided may have been instrumental in bringing the charges.
“The actions of these two individuals are contrary to the core values of Acacia and in no way represent the Penn State chapter as a whole, nor any of the other 37 Acacia chapters and colonies across North America,” the statement said. “The chapter has been a pioneer in fostering diversity across religious, ethnic and racial lines, and the membership of today’s brotherhood proudly reflects this history.”