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Anna Ayers, commissioner of the Senate Appropriations Commission, pauses to exhale while speaking during the Student Senate meeting on Oct. 3. (FILE)

Former OU Student Senate member found guilty on one of three charges of making false alarms

Former Ohio University Student Senate member Anna Ayers was found guilty on one of three charges of making false alarms on Wednesday. 

Ayers pleaded not guilty to three counts of making false alarms, all first-degree misdemeanors, in October. She was found guilty on one charge, and the other two charges were dismissed. 

Her jail term is 30 days but is suspended for 30 days, meaning she will not have to serve jail time unless she violates that suspension. 

Ayers has to complete 24 hours of community service in Athens County within 90 days. If she is outside of Athens County, she will have to complete 48 hours in 120 days. She will also be required to pay a $1,000 fine.

She can not violate local, state or federal laws for two years. She must also write an apology letter to Student Senate.

Ayers, then the commissioner of the Senate Appropriations Commission, reported to the Ohio University Police Department in October that she had received three threatening messages — two in the Student Senate office and one at her residence. 

At its Oct. 3 meeting, Student Senate discussed the threats, then believing them to likely have come from someone within the body. 

At that meeting, Ayers said of the person who made the threats, “You need to get this through your head, you f---ing a--hole: I am proud to be who I am, and nothing you could say or do will ever change that.”

However, on Oct. 8, Ayers was arrested after an OUPD investigation found that Ayers had placed the messages herself prior to reporting them.

Ayers is a former Post columnist and later served on the Post Publishing Board, which she resigned from following her arrest.


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