This latest charge is for second degree criminal mischief. It is alleged Oswalt damaged a private individual’s sign. The sign had read, “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”
This incident is alleged to have occurred on July 21, 2017.
Oswalt was previously convicted in a felony case stemming from an incident in June 2017. In that incident, Oswalt targeted attendees of a Standing Up for Racial Justice chapter meeting at the South Co-Op community room last year. He had affixed bumper stickers to their cars saying, “Racism is a horrible disease. You catch it from n*****s.”
That incident resulted in three counts of first degree intimidation and two counts of third degree criminal mischief. Oswalt could have been sentenced to 5 years in prison, but Benton County Circuit Court Judge David Connell sentenced him to 40 days. Ultimately, Oswalt was released 29 days into his sentence. Oswalt had also stirred controversy hanging a large confederate flag in his apartment window across from campus.
At the time of these incidents, Oswalt was an OSU student and an elected member of the ASOSU House of Representatives, but he lost the position in a recall vote after charges were filed in the intimidation case. After being released on the intimidation case, Oswalt re-enrolled, but was then suspended.
Oswalt’s next court appearance is slated for April 22, at 10:30 am. He advised the court he would be requesting to appear by phone, given his move out of state.