An Athens County grand jury indicted a Hocking College student last month on eight fifth-degree felony counts of breaking and entering and two other felony counts for a string of break-ins at Hocking College.
TeOndre Reynolds, 22, of Euclid, Ohio, allegedly broke into the Hocking offices of at least six administrators and staffers and stole a check from at least one of those rooms between Feb. 11 and April 23 this year, according to a copy of the indictment. He was charged with the eight breaking and entering counts as well as one count of theft and one count of forgery (both also fifth-degree felonies).
Reynolds pleaded not guilty to those charges when he was arraigned on May 15, and was released on his own recognizance. According to the indictment, Reynolds allegedly broke into the offices of: Ryan Rieder, dean of the arts, business and sciences college; Micah Covert, program manager of business and entrepreneurship (on two separate occasions); Tasha Penwell (on two separate occasions), program manager of computer science; Whitney Goller, program manager of art and design; Krista Moore, coordinator for special programs; and Dianne Fleming, math faculty member.
Reynolds also allegedly stole a check from Moore’s office, according to the theft charge, and the forgery charge alleges that he attempted to cash it at a Kroger store (the charge doesn’t identify which one).
Hocking College spokesperson Tim Brunicardi said late last week that he “can’t comment on the status of this student as the campus judicial process has not been completed” when asked about Reynolds.
Brunicardi added that Hocking has made campus safety a “priority” over the last 4 years.
Some of those initiatives include: “A dedicated police force on campus making regular patrols”; campus safety officers (students who receive “special training to add an additional layer to our safety protocols,” Brunicardi said); multiple security cameras located throughout all campuses; an alert system that provides emergency information via text to students and staff; all new students receive Title IX training; there are several campus campaigns such as “see something, say something”; the chief of police sends out weekly safety tips; and a new lighting project to improve lighting on campus.