NEW FAIRFIELD — A college student from New Fairfield has been charged with spray painting racist and anti-Semitic graffiti on vehicles and buildings outside a predominantly Jewish fraternity on the Penn State campus, police said.
Hayden Grom, 19, was one of two members of the Acacia fraternity arrested by State College Police Monday on charges of ethnic intimidation, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct as a result of the Nov. 8 incident. Also charged was 19-year-old Eric Hyland of Export, Pa..
Police said the two were captured on video surveillance and seen by witnesses as they spray painted swastikas, sexual images, anti-Semitic language and the initials KKK on a dozen vehicles, a dumpster and a garage behind two fraternity houses, one of which is recognized as predominantly Jewish, police said.
Both Grom and Hyland subsequently admitted what they did, police said, and both were expelled from the Acacia fraternity and evicted from the fraternity house.