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Uniontown man claims to be veteran at school

| Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, 7:28 p.m.

A 23-year-old Fayette County man was charged Friday with going to a school and claiming to be a military veteran when he was not.

Jonathan Michael Campbell of Uniontown was arraigned on charges of impersonating a public servant and disorderly conduct.

Campbell went unannounced and unscheduled to Laurel Highlands Middle School on Hookton Avenue about 10 a.m. Monday, state police at Uniontown said.

He identified himself as an Army veteran and said he wanted to speak with students about Veterans Day, Superintendent Jesse Wallace III said Saturday.

An assistant principal and security guard intervened, denied Campbell access and escorted him off school property, police and Wallace said. The principal then called police.

“His appearance, behavior, and showing up unscheduled shed doubt on his claim to be who and what he claimed to be,” Wallace said.

Campbell claimed to be from the Army but was wearing an Air Force uniform, police said.

Campbell was never a member of the armed forces, nor any other country's, and admitted lying, police said.

Authorities offered no explanation for why Campbell would allegedly make such claims.

Campbell, who was jailed in lieu of posting $10,000 bond, will have a preliminary hearing Nov. 24 before Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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