On Saturday March 17, two Pacific University students were arrested on campus following an altercation with an 18-year-old drug dealer in the Cornelius, Ore. area.
Both students were booked into the county jail on suspicion of second-degree robbery, harassment and riot, with a bail set at $262,500 each. However, according to Oregon Judicial Court documents, all previous charges have been reduced to second-degree disorderly conduct and their bail was reduced to $250. The second-degree disorderly conduct charge is a misdemeanor in Oregon, as opposed to the original charges which are felonies.
Additionally, both students were sentenced to a year and a half probation Monday and Tuesday, which includes completing 16 hours of community service within six months and no contact with the 18-year-old male victim, as well as receiving a $290 fine.
After the initial reports of the incident, the university stated Sunday morning “we are very disappointed to learn of the incident yesterday involving two or more of our students. The alleged crimes do not reflect the values of Pacific University, and we will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies through the entirety of their investigations into this matter.”
Both students are freshmen members of Pacific’s football team and although head coach Keith Buckley was unable to speak about the incident, the university released a statement on Monday in an email saying “The university administration is continuing to investigate the incident and will determine appropriate actions and next steps for all involved students, per the process.”