ST. MARYS - Connor McKenzie Rohrback, 18, of 200 Neubert St., St. Marys, was held to court on third-degree misdemeanor charges of defiant trespass-posted on school grounds and disorderly conduct-hazardous/physically offensive condition following a preliminary hearing and arraignment at District Judge Donald Wilhelm's office on Tuesday afternoon.
Wilhelm set standard bail at $1,000, which was posted by Rohrback. A formal arraignment was scheduled for Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Elk County Courthouse.
The charges stem from an April 28 incident when Rohrback and fellow recent St. Marys Area High School (SMAHS) graduate John Augustus "Jake" Reed disguised themselves as janitors and entered into Elk County Catholic High School (ECCHS) at approximately 8 a.m. in order to enact a senior prank. School officials, upon hearing reports that intruders were in the building, followed procedure and notified authorities. All Elk County law enforcement agencies, the Pa. State Police, Crystal Fire Department, and the St. Marys Area Ambulance service were called out, and the St. Marys Area School District went into lockdown.
According to a previous affidavit of probable cause, the two had planned a prank in which they would disguise themselves as custodians, enter the school and see who could last the longest before being caught.