Second Pacific University student arrested Saturday pleads guilty
The case of two Pacific University students arrested Saturday evening, March 17, after two reported disturbances in Cornelius appears to have been closed Tuesday afternoon.
A day after co-defendant Christopher Goosby pleaded guilty to second-degree disorderly conduct, Pacific freshman Jeremy McGoldrick changed his plea to guilty of the same criminal charge, court records indicate.
"On March 17, 2018, in Washington County, OR, I unlawfully and recklessly created risk of public alarm by engaging in tumultuous behavior," McGoldrick admitted in his guilty plea.
Washington County Circuit Judge Danielle J. Hunsaker sentenced McGoldrick to pay $290 in fees and fines, serve 16 hours of community service, and have no contact with the victim in the case — the same sentence Goosby received when he pleaded guilty in Hunsaker's courtroom Monday afternoon, according to court records.
The Sheriff's Office said Goosby and McGoldrick attacked an 18-year-old man in Cornelius on Saturday, then returned with multiple other men, at which point Goosby fought with the man before they left and threatened to return with yet more men. They had been attempting to buy marijuana from the man, the Sheriff's Office said.
No other arrests have been announced in the case. A spokesman for the Sheriff's Office told the News-Times Sunday that investigators believe two or more other Pacific students may have been involved, but they were not identified at the time.
Second-degree disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor in Oregon. Riot and second-degree robbery, crimes for which the Washington County Sheriff's Office initially arrested Goosby and McGoldrick Saturday, are felonies.
Both Goosby and McGoldrick are members of Pacific's football team. The freshmen are originally from California and Hawaii respectively, according to the university's athletics website.
Oregon court records show McGoldrick as a resident of Lacey, Wash.
Pacific University could decide to impose additional consequences, according to a statement from university spokesman Joe Lang on Monday.
"The university administration takes matters such as these very seriously and fully cooperates with law enforcement agencies throughout their investigations," the statement read in part. "Students who are identified as participating in criminal acts are also subject to an internal review, as outlined in our Student Code of Conduct. The university administration is continuing to investigate the incident and will determine appropriate actions and next steps for all involved students, per the process."
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