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Former Student Accused Of Breaking Into Residence Halls And Fondling Female Students Sentenced

A former student who was accused of and charged with attempting to enter or entering every female residence on the first two floors of Stone Hall was sentenced yesterday. A 19-year old former engineering student from China, Zhongyuan Shao now faces nine to 23 months in the Centre County Correctional Facility, as first reported by the The Daily Collegian.

According to court documents, Shao’s trespassing occurred last fall from September to October, and affected 10 victims total. Shao reportedly touched three of those victims inappropriately. In March, he pled guilty to the 19 charges against him, including criminal trespassing, harassment, burglary, and indecent assault.

Shao was a resident of Wolf Hall in Pollock, and reportedly entered Stone Hall in East without access. Another victim and resident of Wolf Hall also reported that Shao entered her room without her consent. Court documents say that Shao matched the description of the suspect in all 10 incidents, and at least six of the victims were able to identify him from surveillance footage.

From now on, Shao will be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), and he will also be placed on seven-years probation.

Crimes of any nature, including sexual and indecent assaults, can be reported to University Police at 814-863-1111 or to the Office of Student Conduct at 814-863-0342.

Anyone who has survived a sexual crime can seek counseling, support, and advice from the Center for Women Students (814-863-2027), the Centre County Women’s Resource Center (877-234-5050), or University Health Services (814-863-0395). There are also legal resources and medical resources available as well for justice and recovery.

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Melissa McCleery

Melissa is a senior majoring in Women’s Studies, Political Science, and Spanish. In the little free time she has, Melissa likes to cook, spend all her money at The Phyrst, and add to her collection of blue and white striped clothing. She can be reached via Twitter (@mkmccleery) or email ([email protected]).

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