OU Employee Arrested For Alleged Threats

By
Bethany Venable

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Updated Mon, Dec 17, 2012 1:27 pm

UPDATE 1:20 P.M. An Ohio University employee accused of making threatening remarks about bringing a gun to work will undergo a psychological evaluation.

According to a court clerk, Stacy Gorham, 53, pleaded not guilty in Judge William Grim's courtroom in Athens Municipal Court Monday morning.

Grim scheduled Gorham's next court date for January 7 at 8 a.m.

Grim ordered Gorham remain a law abiding citizen, undergo the psychological evaluation within 10 days and not go on OU property.

Gorham was arrested Friday afternoon after reportedly making comments he would bring a shotgun to work if he were to lose his job.

He was reportedly concerned he would be fired for losing keys issued for his job as a utility worker.

OU police, along with Athens police, searched Gorham's home and found eight firearms, including an SKS, AK-47 and two handguns.

Gorham was charged with inducing panic and posessing criminal tools, both misdemeanor charges.

He was taken to the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail, but later posted bond.

If found guilty, Gorham's maximum penalty could be six months of jail time and a $1,000 fine for each count.


An Ohio University employee is appearing in court Monday morning after allegedly threatening to bring a gun to work.

According to a university release, Stacy Gorham, 53, of Athens, made remarks to coworkers he would bring a shotgun to work if he were to lose his job.

OU police officers arrested Gorham on Friday afternoon when he reported for his job as a utility worker.

He was booked into the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail, but later posted bond.

Along with Athens police, OUPD searched Gorham's Old Coach Road home and found eight firearms, including an AK-47 and two handguns. Gorham faces misdemeanor charges of inducing panic and possession of criminal tools.

The university has placed him on administrative leave and ordered he not return to campus.

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