Already Removed From Football Team, Shawn Oakman To Face Charges

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Multiple sources are reporting that former Penn State defensive end Shawn Oakman was formally charged with multiple counts on Thursday stemming from an incident at Pollock Commons in February.

"According to the reports, Oakman entered the store around 5 p.m. and presented his student ID to purchase a few items. The store clerk noticed that Oakman had hidden a hoagie and a bottle of grape juice, valued at around $8, on his person and refused to return Oakman’s ID until he paid for the items. Oakman allegedly shoved the clerk against the wall and left the store."

The redshirt freshman from Lansdowne, Pa. (Penn Wood High School) is facing four summary offenses: two counts of retail theft, one count of harassment, and one count of disorderly conduct. Each count carries a maximum penalty of a $300 fine.

Oakman was one of the more highly rated recruits in the Class of 2011 due to his massive frame (6-8, 250 pounds), but redshirted the 2011 season and was removed from the team three days after the incident. Additional reports out of practice, during the 2011 season, said that Oakman was still very raw and likely wasn't going to be in Larry Johnson's three-deep in 2012.

StateCollege.com has more from Coach Bill O'Brien, after the incident a couple of weeks ago.

"We have a policy book we put together," O'Brien said earlier this month. "We went through the rules with our football team two weeks ago, and there are certain things that are off the field that I’ll leave between the team and myself that we will have no tolerance for."

Will his removal be permanent? Only time will tell just how tough the Bill O'Brien Doghouse can be.

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