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Ohio University student accused of making false alarms pleads no contest

Posted: 2:44 PM, Dec 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-20 19:44:50Z
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ATHENS, Ohio — An Ohio University student who said she was harassed and threatened in reference to her LGBTQ identity has pleaded no contest to a charge of making a false alarm and has been convicted.

Athens County Municipal Court records show Ayers pleaded no contest this month. A judge found her guilty and suspended a 30-day jail sentence with the provision that she doesn’t violate any laws for two years and completes community service.

Authorities say the 21-year-old woman reported receiving a harassing note at her Ohio University Student Senate office referring to her LGBTQ identity and two similar notes, including a death threat. University police said their investigation showed Ayers placed the messages herself.

Ayers has since resigned from the senate.

Her attorney, Patrick McGee, declined to comment Thursday.