Uniontown man who posed as vet could receive treatment
A 23-year-old Fayette County man accused of impersonating a military veteran at a middle school will receive probation and mental health treatment under a tentative plea bargain.
Jonathan Michael Campbell, 23, of Uniontown waived his right Monday to a preliminary hearing on charges of impersonating a public servant and disorderly conduct.
Assistant District Attorney Meghann Mikluscak said the tentative plea bargain calls for Campbell to plead guilty to the charges.
“Due to his lack of a prior record and the low gravity offense score of the charges, he is going to be sentenced and treated through mental health court,” Mikluscak said.
Mikluscak said Campbell has a history of mental health problems, based on information she received from the manager of the county’s Problem Solving Courts, Kate Vozar-McCombie.
Campbell declined to comment to reporters after his brief appearance in Central Court in Uniontown before Redstone District Judge Mike Defino. Any plea bargain must be approved by a Common Pleas Court judge.
Campbell went, unannounced and unscheduled, to Laurel Highlands Middle School on Hookton Avenue about 10 a.m. Nov. 17, state police at Uniontown said.
He identified himself as an Army veteran and said he wanted to speak with students about Veterans Day, according to Superintendent Jesse Wallace III.
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. He was never a member of the armed forces and admitted lying, police said.
Authorities offered no explanation for why Campbell would allegedly make such claims.
He is in the Fayette County Prison on $10,000 bail.
Liz Zemba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or email@example.com.