Andrew Oswalt, a former OSU graduate student convicted of a hate crime last year, has been sentenced to community service for a vandalism charge from another incident in July 2017.
Oswalt was sentenced to 40 hours of community service, a $10 restitution for the victim, $100 in probation fees, and 12 months of probation.
In June 2017, Oswalt vandalized the vehicles of attendants at a gathering held by the social justice group Showing Up For Racial Justice. Oswalt placed stickers on their cars that read: “Racism is a horrible disease. You catch it from n*****s.” Despite the various charges carrying a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, Oswalt was sentenced to 40 days in December 2018.
This most recent charge stems from an incident in July 2017, one month later, when Oswalt vandalized the lawn sign of a Corvallis resident with the same sticker. The lawn sign originally read, “No matter where you’re from, we’re glad that you’re our neighbor.”
After the new charges in March 2019, OSU suspended Oswalt, which he says he does not plan to appeal. Court records show he has moved out of state to Issaquah, Washington.
By Ian MacRonald