Man pleads guilty to ha­rass­ing stu­dent over race

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

BELLE­FONTE >> A man has pleaded guilty ha­rass­ing an In­dian stu­dent over the color of his skin while they both at­tended Penn State.

Twenty-year-old Ni­cholas Tavella pleaded guilty Mon­day to eth­nic in­tim­i­da­tion, ter­ror­is­tic threats and other charges in a deal with prosecutors.

Cam­pus po­lice say Tavella, of Greensburg, was drunk when he be­gan fol­low­ing the other stu­dent in De­cem­ber, ask­ing whether the vic­tim planned to rape some­one. Po­lice say Tavella told them he was “racially pro­fil­ing” the other stu­dent be­cause of his skin color.

He’s no longer listed as a stu­dent in Penn State’s directory. His lawyer Wayne Brad­burn Jr. says Tavella took the plea of­fer rather than risk go­ing to trial.

District At­tor­ney Stacy Parks Miller says such be­hav­ior “will not be tol­er­ated in this coun­try.”

He’s sched­uled to be sen­tenced Nov. 18.

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