Three students were arrested on May 9 for breaking into the Psi-U lodge on Kokosing Dr., according to a Knox County Sheriff’s Office report obtained by The Thrill.
Garrison Block ’16, Victor Progar ’14 and Brendan McGoldrick ’14 have been accused of criminal trespass, a fourth degree misdemeanor.
The incident is the third notable break-in to occur within the last month and the second to involve Kenyon students and off-campus property.
News of the break-in at the Psi-U lodge — which has not been used officially since the fraternity was put on probation in 2009 — comes amidst a break-in at Village Market that resulted in the theft of over $6,000 in cash, as well as an incident on Kenyon Road for which a former student was indicted on fourth-degree felony charges of criminal trespass by a Knox County grand jury on May 7. The student transferred out of Kenyon for reasons unrelated to this incident.
Block, Progar and McGoldrick were found in the Psi-U lodge at approximately 4:23 a.m. on May 9 by Sergeant John Rine and Deputy David Devolld of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Rine and Devolld said they were called to the scene by Campus Safety officers who had responded to an alarm that went off.
Rine arrested all three students and transported them to Knox County Jail where they were charged with criminal trespass after he contacted Tracy Smith of Mount Gilead, the lodge’s caretaker.
All three students were arraigned on May 9 — each pled not guilty — and are scheduled to appear in court on May 21 for a pretrial hearing. If they maintain their current pleas, the students will have a court trial on June 4.
The maximum penalty for misdemeanor criminal trespass is a $250 fine and 30 days in jail, though that sentence “does not happen often,” according to Mount Vernon Assistant City Prosecutor Robert Broeren.
Block and Progar declined to comment for this article, and McGoldrick did not respond to a request for comment.