These stories always receive gobs of attention when they allegedly happened. Not so much when they’re exposed as bogus.
The day Alexandra Pennell addressed an anti-hate rally at Central Connecticut State University about the anti-gay messages scrawled on her door, police had begun to question her claims.
Twice the video surveillance system placed in Pennell’s room to help police identify the person responsible for scrawling the notes had been disabled, in one case just before a note was slid under Pennell’s dorm room door.
Police say only after they set up a second camera in a hall closet — a camera that Pennell did not know about — did they learn the truth: Pennell had been writing the notes herself.
The 19-year-old from Trumbull has been thrown out of Central and barred from attending any state university for five years. She also faces eight felony counts of fabricating evidence, eight misdemeanor charges of lying to police, eight misdemeanor counts of filing a false police report and one count of making a false statement to police.
She was arrested May 2 and has been free on a written promise to appear in court. She has pleaded not guilty and is due back in court July 26 in New Britain.
When first confronted by police about the notes, they say Pennell became defensive and insisted she did not place them on her door or slide them under her door. When Lt. Edward Dercole of the CCSU police told her of the second video camera, which captured her sliding one of the notes under her door, she said she had only left one or two of the notes, but she insisted the rest were real. When told the second camera had been recording for a long time, Pennell confessed to planting all the notes, according to the warrant for her arrest.
Odd how she was arrested two months ago but his is just now making news?