Ohio University student makes plea deal in dorm urination case

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Ohio University athlete accused of urinating on the dorm door of another student made a plea deal to a lesser charge.

Brady Linkel, who plays on the baseball team, entered a no contest plea Friday to a count of disorderly conduct and was fined $50. He was originally charged with criminal mischief.

A no contest plea means that Linkel is not admitting guilt but is accepting punishment for the offense.

According to Ohio University police, on March 21 Linkel urinated on the door of Christopher Brown. Brown, a resident adviser in James Hall, tweeted a photo of his floor near the doorway covered in urine-soaked paper towels.

Brown said in his tweet that he is the only Black resident adviser on that floor of the residence hall.

University police said following an investigation that a motive could not be established in this case and there was no indication that Brown was specifically targeted.

Brown, however, said he believes he was targeted because he is Black.

As part of the plea deal, Linkel can file a request in one year to have the record of this case sealed and the prosecutor’s office will not oppose this request provided he stays out of trouble until then.