Two apparently former Allegheny College students have been arrested for allegedly trespassing on campus while one of them also is facing drug charges.

Sophie Eva Foreman, 18, and Jessica Michelle Garcia, 23, were arrested by Meadville Police Department on Thursday at Arter Hall around 1 a.m. after being told by college officials not to be on school property, according to the separate criminal complaints filed against each woman. Both women are listed as homeless in the criminal complaints. 

Arter Hall is an academic building on campus. It houses history, mathematics and the women's, gender, and sexuality studies departments.

Foreman also faces multiple drug charges filed by Meadville police for a separate incident Aug. 31 at Meadville Medical Center's Grove Street facility, according to court documents.  

Multiple Tribune emails to Allegheny College officials — Hillary Link, the college's president, Susan Salton, Allegheny's vice president for college relations, and Rick Stanley, Allegheny's communications manager — weren't returned. Tribune phone calls to Salton and Stanley weren't returned.

Foreman is a member of Allegheny College's Class of 2022 and a member of the William C. Jason Fellows, which works with the school's IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Social Justice) Center, according to a Feb. 14 article in The Campus, the college's student newspaper. Garcia is a member Allegheny College's Class of 2020, according to an April 19 article in The Campus.

Each woman was charged Thursday by city police with one count of criminal trespass, a first-degree misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine, if convicted. Each was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino and placed in the Crawford County jail in lieu of $15,000 bond for Foreman and $5,000 for Garcia.

Garcia and Foreman each are accused of failing to leave school grounds after each received a letter Aug. 31 from Allegheny College's dean of students, according to the complaints filed by city police.

Garcia also was told Tuesday to leave the college's grounds by Allegheny College police officers Sgt. William Merchbaker and Officer Nicholas Pearson on Tuesday, according to the complaint against Garcia.

Foreman was told twice to leave Allegheny's grounds by police, according to the complaint filed against her. Foreman was told Monday by Patrolman Andrew Kipp of Meadville Police Department and Cpl. Quentin Shevitz of Allegheny College police; and Tuesday by Merchbaker and Pearson, the complaint said.

Foreman previously was arrested the night of Aug. 31 by Meadville Police Department on multiple drug charges after she was found at Meadville Medical Center's Grove Street building.

Police allege Foreman had methamphetamine, LSD, MDMA (the drug ecstasy), alprazolam and multiple syringes on her when she was arrested around 9 p.m. Aug. 31.Hospital security found Foreman allegedly trying to enter multiple rooms at the Grove Street building and refused to leave when security asked her to do so, the complaint said.

The hospital's Grove Street building houses a pain management clinic, physical therapy as well as an outpatient surgical center and inpatient physical rehabilitation center.

Foreman was arraigned Sept. 1 in the alleged drug case before Magisterial District Judge Amy Nicols on one ungraded felony count of manufacture with intent to deliver a controlled substance; four ungraded misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance; one ungraded misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia; and summary counts of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

Foreman faces up to 20 years and six months in jail and $273,300 in fines if convicted on all charges in that case.

Foreman had been placed in the Crawford County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond in that case but made bond.

Court documents show Garcia posted a $5,000 cash bond for Foreman in the drug case Sunday and Foreman was released from the county jail that day. The bail portion of the court documents also show Garcia's address listed as 364 Henry St. when Foreman's bond was posted on Sunday.

Foreman is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in the drug case before Pendolino on Sept. 19 while Foreman and Garcia will have preliminary hearings in the trespassing case Sept. 26 before Pendolino.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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