Friday, March 27, 2015

Penn Wood's Oakman charged in Penn State incident

Former Penn State defensive end Shawn Oakman, a former Penn Wood High star, has been charged in an alleged convenience store theft last month.

Penn Wood's Oakman charged in Penn State incident

Penn State police have filed charges against Shawn Oakman, the former Penn Wood High School football star, in connection with an alleged theft in a convenience store in Pollock Commons on campus.

Oakman, an All-State defensive end from Lansdowne who redshirted last season, was charged with two counts of retail theft, and one count each of harassment and disorderly conduct in the Feb. 25 incident, which led to him being kicked off the Penn State football team by new head coach Bill O’Brien.

University police chief Tyrone Parham said Oakman entered the store and presented his student ID to purchase some items. However, the store clerk noticed that Oakman had hidden a hoagie and a bottle of grape juice on his person, and held on to the student’s ID, Parham said.

In an attempt to recover the ID, Oakman shoved the employee against the wall, the chief said.

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Parham said the citations had been filed with a magisterial district judge, who will set fines. He said the maximum fine is $300 per violation.

Oakman, who is 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds, sat out the entire 2011 season and had been expected to be part of the competition at a starting defensive end spot. Word of his dismissal from the team “for a violation of team rules” came on Feb. 28.

--Joe Juliano

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

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