Wharton sophomore faces multiple charges

· April 18, 2011, 3:33 am   ·  Updated April 18, 2011, 12:00 am

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A preliminary hearing was held April 15 for Jan Egeman, a Wharton School sophomore who allegedly punched a Penn Police officer on April 1.

Egeman is scheduled to return to court on May 6 for a formal arraignment, according to court documents.

At the arraignment, the judge will likely decide whether or not the case will go to trial.

The incident related to Egeman’s alleged offenses started around 1:45 a.m. when Penn Police discovered a small fire outside the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house located at 3700 Locust Walk, Penn Police Chief Mark Dorsey said in an April 7 article in The Daily Pennsylvanian.

Egeman, a member of the fraternity, is charged with punching an officer in the face while police were investigating the fire.

He was taken into custody immediately following the incident.

The court held a preliminary arraignment the same day and set Egeman’s bail at $5,000. He posted bail the same day, according to court documents.

Egeman is being charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and resisting arrest. Another charge of recklessly endangering another person was dismissed at Friday’s hearing.

The maximum sentence for aggravated assault in Pennsylvania is 10 years in prison.

Anthony Petrone, Egeman’s lawyer, could not be reached prior to publication.

University spokeswoman Phyllis Holtzman and Penn Police could not comment further since the case is still open.

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