Dec. 13, 2007
By George Mauzy
A former Ohio University student accused of verbally threatening and shouting racial epithets at two female African-American students in Alden Library in May pleaded guilty in Athens County Municipal Court earlier this week to a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of persistent disorderly conduct.
According to Ohio Revised Code, the charge is reserved for people who make unreasonable noise or an offensively coarse utterance, gesture or display or communicate unwarranted and grossly abusive language to any person. It becomes persistent when the offense is done in the vicinity of a school and the offender was warned to desist.
Edward Mahony was ordered to pay a $250 fine plus court costs. Judge William Grim suspended a 30-day jail term on the conditions Mahony has no additional offenses for two years, has no contact with the victims and abides by the recommendations of a court-approved mental health agency.
Prior to the plea, Mahony faced charges of ethnic intimidation, a third-degree misdemeanor, and menacing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. During a Nov. 8 trial in Municipal Court, an eight-member jury failed to reach a verdict. Athens City Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Eliason and Mahony's attorneys, David Winkelmann and David Bear, negotiated the plea agreement to avoid a second trial.
Mahony, a senior at the time of the incident, is no longer a student at Ohio University.