San Jose State student from Bakersfield in court accused of racially-motivated harassment

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A man from Bakersfield and three other freshmen at San Jose State are accused of attacking their roommate in their residence hall.

The family of the suspect is standing by his side.

Logan Beaschler, 18, of Bakersfield appeared at the Hall of Justice in San Jose Monday morning.

Beaschler pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hate crime and battery charges.

Beaschler and three other white freshmen are accused of harassing their then-17-year-old black roommate last semester.

Prosecutors said they used racial slurs, hung a Confederate flag and Nazi paraphernalia in their shared campus housing. They put a bike lock around the student's neck and blocked him inside his room.

Several campus protests were held following the students' arrests and the University apologized for the way the situation was handled.

Beaschler's attorney said he is an honor student studying engineering.

Beaschler is at home in Bakersfield waiting for the final word on his expulsion form San Jose State.

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