Crime

Man facing charges after allegedly trespassing in PSU dorm

A Pittsburgh man listed as a Penn State student is facing felony trespassing charges after allegedly entering a campus residence hall.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Penn State police, at about 2:40 a.m. Friday, officers responded to Pennypacker Hall for a disturbance. Pennypacker is described as a private residence hall with signs stating only residents are allowed to enter and guests must be escorted.

Officers met with a resident and witness who stated that at about 1:30 a.m., Jay Boltey, 18, of Pittsburgh, had come to the door of the residence four times and began knocking and yelling for about 10 minutes at a time. This behavior had gone on for about an hour.

The resident stated she had escorted Boltey to the front lobby twice and told him to leave, police said. Each time he allegedly followed her back to her room and continued with this behavior.

The resident reportedly said she had blocked Boltey on her cellphone and social media accounts, police said, and told him she no longer wanted contact with him.

Boltey is not a resident at Pennypacker Hall, police said, and gained entrance to the building by “piggybacking” — closely following a resident through the door once it’s unlocked.

When officers contacted Boltey, he was reportedly observed as having a strong odor of alcohol about him with slurred speech, police said. He allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol.

Boltey was arraigned Friday before District Judge Carmine Prestia, according to court documents, and charged with one felony count of criminal trespassing, two misdemeanor counts of stalking and disorderly conduct and one summary charge of the purchase of alcohol by a minor. Unsecured bail was set at $75,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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