Two Penn State Rugby Players Charged With Burning Down a Shed

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Note: In case it wasn’t obvious, this is not the actual shed.

Two Penn State rugby players have been charged with setting their own team’s shed on fire, according to the Penn State Police log, as first reported by the Centre Daily Times.

Sean Herbert and Christopher Petri, both students and rugby players, were arrested for a January 14 arson, which resulted in the destruction of an on-campus shed located near the Red A parking lot on North Atherton Street. Oddly enough, the shed was used to store equipment for the rugby and cross country teams.

According to the police report, the two students left a party at their house that night with a lighter and a bottle of lighter fluid and made comments about going to “mess with the shed.” The two players admitted to burning down the shed in police interviews last month, claiming they only meant to burn a piece of equipment in front of the shed, but the fire spread too quickly to put out.

The motive for wanting to burn one’s own athletic equipment is not known at this time.

Each is charged with eight counts, including arson, criminal conspiracy and criminal mischief. The pair was released today on $25,000 bail.

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Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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