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Oneonta teen accused of hanging Nazi-themed posters on college campus

A SUNY Purchase from Oneonta has been arrested for allegedly hanging several Nazi-themed posters on campus.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2018 6:02 PM
Updated: Dec. 13, 2018 6:21 AM

HARRISON, N.Y. -- A SUNY Purchase from Oneonta has been arrested for allegedly hanging several Nazi-themed posters on campus.

Gunnar Hassard, 18, has been charged with first-degree aggravated harassment.

According to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, on Sunday evening, Hassard hung multiple posters on and around the Humanities Building.

The posters depicted swastikas and symbols of Nazi Germany.

The DA says the incident occurred during the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah.

The complaint alleges that Hassard posted the flyers in places on campus known to be frequented and used by the Jewish community, which authorities say caused alarm, fear and annoyance during the holiday.

The university police say the charge Hassard faces constitutes a hate crime.

Bail was set at $5,000 cash or bond.

Hassard's next court date is scheduled for January 8.

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