Man accused of following student pleads guilty
A man accused of following an Athens Area High School student in April recently entered a guilty plea in county court.
Aaron William Strayer, 36, of Williamsport, pled guilty Thursday in Bradford County Court to one charge of defiant trespassing on school grounds, a third-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Athens borough police had also charged Strayer with stalking for an April incident in which he followed a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old female student into the parking lot of Athens Area High School, according to a criminal affidavit from borough police. Strayer then approached the vehicle and asked the woman questions, police said. The girl immediately reported the incident to school officials, police said.
A review of the school's security camera footage revealed that Strayer's truck was also seen driving slowly past vehicles in the school's parking lot on April 16, police said.
Strayer was also reported to have followed two other female victims, one from Wysox to Greens Landing and the other northbound on state route 220 to Athens, during the month of April, according to police.
Following his April 26 arrest, Strayer was incarcerated in the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, an amount later reduced to non-monetary bail, according to court information.
Strayer's sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 13, according to court information.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.