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Two accused of anti-Semitic vandalism in State College may face trial

By: WJAC Web Staff

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Two men accused of spraying painting anti-Semitic messages, including swastikas, at a predominantly Jewish Penn State University fraternity have waived their appearances for preliminary hearings and may face possible trial.

Police said Eric Hyland, of Export, Pa., and Hayden Grom, of New Fairfield, Conn., both 19, are accused of committing the vandalism to vehicles and other property in the area of the Beta Sigma Beta fraternity house in November.

Hyland waived his preliminary hearing Monday and Grom waived his hearing in December.

The two allegedly spray painted swastikas, anti-Semitic slogans and other graffiti on at least 12 vehicles, trash cans and a garage in the 400 and 500 blocks of Berry Alley in State College.

State College police filed several charges against the two, including ethnic intimidation.

Groms attorney, Matt McClenahen, of State College, told the Centre Daily Times newspaper that Grom is remorseful and didnt understand how hurtful his actions would be to people.

McClenahen told the CDT his client is not anti-Semitic and he would be assigning Grom books to read to understand the significance of why so many people are upset.

Police said they were able to track the pair down through community tips and the use of surveillance video.

Information on future court dates was not immediately available.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times