Students charged with destruction of property sign deferred prosecution agreements
Wednesday morning, John Flanagan
(SFS ’14), Sam Buckley
(COL ’14), and Eric Pilch
(COL ’12) pled not guilty and signed four-month deferred prosecution agreements with the D.C. Superior Court. Buckley and Pilch have been charged with unlawful entry and destruction of property under $1000
(both misdemeanors), and Flanagan has only been charged with destruction of property
, in relation to an incident on the fourth floor of the Leavey Center on August 28 that resulted in significant damage to a number of offices, including those of the Voice
and the Hoya
Deferred prosecution agreements are voluntary alternatives to adjudication in which the defendants fulfill certain requirements in exchange for dismissal of the charges.
The diversion status hearings have been scheduled for January 25, when the court will determine if the three individuals can be dealt with apart from traditional prosecution.
Flanagan, Buckley, and Pilch are former Voice staffers.