Crime

Bellefonte man allegedly took cash for beer in elementary playground

John Adams blows a whistle during a protest in front of the Centre County courthouse in Bellefonte on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.
John Adams blows a whistle during a protest in front of the Centre County courthouse in Bellefonte on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. CDT photo

A bench warrant was issued for a Bellefonte man Wednesday after he failed to appear for a preliminary hearing at the Centre County Courthouse.

John C. Adams, 26, was charged with two first-degree misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and furnishing brewed beverages to minors, according to a criminal complaint filed by Bellefonte police on April 6.

Bellefonte police Chief Shawn Weaver testified that video surveillance showed Adams purchasing two six-packs and two 40-ounce beers from the bottle shop at the Omar Bar in Bellefonte. He then took the drinks to Perry Lane and handed them off to the juveniles, the complaint said.

The five range in age from 15 to 18, Weaver said. Two of them prepared written statements testifying to the incident.

Weaver, who testified during the hearing, said police learned of the purchase in the course of a separate investigation. A warranted search of a home turned up several unopened cans and an unopened 40-ounce bottle of beer.

Through interviews and witness statements pursuing the investigation, a juvenile witness stated that she and several of her friends had met up with Adams in front of the courthouse on Oct. 2, the complaint said. They later met with Adams at the playground at Bellefonte Elementary School, where two of the juveniles paid Adams to purchase the beer.

Adams was arraigned before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker on May 23, according to court documents. He was released on recognizance.

After failing to appear Wednesday, District Judge Carmine Prestia ruled that Adams will be bound over for trial on all charges when issuing the warrant for his arrest.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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