Penn State Entrepreneur David Adewumi Charged With Stalking 17-Year-Old Girl
Eccentric Penn State student David Adewumi has traded in his iconic Innoblue pullover for a prison jumpsuit after being charged with stalking a 17-year-old girl at State College High School.
According to court documents, and as first reported by the Centre Daily Times, Adewumi is charged with two misdemeanor stalking charges and two summary harassment charges. Despite no felonies, Adewumi’s bail was set at $50,000, and as of publishing time, he is still being held in Centre County jail.
According to police reports, Adewumi’s arrest comes from a three-month, multi-agency investigation after a 17-year-old female State College High School student told her principal that she felt “unsafe” when Adewumi, now 25, began repeatedly showed up in her classes and at school.
The girl was granted a protection-from-abuse order against Adewumi in May but he persisted the relationship, which turned sexual at one point, according to court documents. The girl knew Adewumi from church, but the two did not start communicating until he randomly began showing up at school and running into her in January.
The girl also told police in interviews that Adewumi anonymously sent her flowers at school in mid-January, and the florist confirmed it was Adewumi. In February, the two engaged in a consensual sexual relationship, but the girl cut off the relationship after Adewumi’s “relentless” text messages.
After the breakup, Adewumi’s unwanted communication increased, and when the girl told him that she would tell her father if he persisted, Adewumi said “revenge is sweet” according to the police report.
But the story gets even creepier. On April 10, Adewumi showed up at the girl’s bus stop wearing sunglasses and a hoodie to hide his appearance. He saw the girl hug a male friend and eventually approached the girl about the casual contact. He allegedly blocked her four separate times when she tried to get away.
“About 15 minutes later, people on one side of the circle stopped talking, and I turned around and he was standing right behind me,” she told police. “I was so disturbed.”
Adewumi again showed up inside State College High School in April to approach the girl. “I didn’t feel safe at school,” she told police. Adewumi, a 2005 State High graduate, was not approved to be inside the school during these incidents.
Adewumi’s last reported contact with the girl was on June 17 when he sent her text message written in Spanish.
“As with other allegations of criminal activity by Penn State students, the Office of Student Conduct is reviewing this case and will determine any appropriate actions following its examination,” said Penn State spokeswoman Jill Shockey.
David Adewumi’s journey through Penn State’s student leader and entrepreneurial circles has been well-chronicled. He is still listed in the Penn State directory as a student and has been a part of the Penn State community for the better part of the last decade. His father, Michael Adewumi, is the vice provost for global program at Penn State.
He ran for UPUA president twice and lost by huge margins each time, but not without making a splash in student politics. ‘Wumi became quite familiar with the UPUA Board of Arbitration, as both of his whacky campaigns were riddled with election code violations.
His 2010 campaign against Christian Ragland went off fairly quietly with only one accused violation regarding a mysterious ‘Wumi flag, but his his 2011 bid with VP candidate Sri Pisupati — who says he hasn’t spoken to Adewumi in over a year — left a trail of apathy for the election rules and the office as a whole. He cried conspiracy when then-elections commissioner Dustin Dove disqualified him for questionable academic standing, although he would win his appeal to stay in the race.
Despite the second chance in a highly-contested four-ticket field, Adewumi racked up another four campaign violations and failed to show up to the first debate to promote another initiative — ONEPSU — a failed project that aimed to streamline resources to student groups. He infamously called an 11 a.m. press conference in the basement of Irving’s to address the violations during the campaign.
In another odd twist, former football All-American Stefen Wisniewski also spammed thousands of Penn State students with an endorsement of Adewumi in 2011.
“It takes me 5.3 seconds to run a 40-yard dash, and it takes that long to help out my buddy, Dave,” Wisniewski wrote at the time.
While in California, he made the news again when his backpack holding a “ginormous” hunting knife, underwear, foreign money, a passport, and an iPad was strewn throughout a San Francisco sidewalk and returned to him by a concerned blogger.
After OneSchool tanked, Adewumi moved back to Happy Valley to finish up his Spanish degree.
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