OSU suspect pleads not guilty to threat charges

CORVALLIS, Ore. (KOIN) -- Christopher Adam Strahan, the former Oregon State student arrested on Tuesday for making mass-violence threats against people at the school, pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance Wednesday.

The 22-year-old appeared by video and did not say anything during the hearing. His attorney entered a not guilty plea on 3 charges -- felony 1st-degree disorderly conduct, 2nd-degree disorderly conduct and menacing. 

He was also arraigned on Wednesday for a separate DUII charge from November 10, 2017 and he's also facing a probation violation.

Strahan is being held on $100,000 bail and if he does post bail, he's been ordered to have no contact with OSU, use social media and not possess any weapons.

In court, authorities said they did not find any weapons in his apartment during a search Tuesday.

OSU Vice President Steve Clark said Strahan's alleged actions were "both senseless and tasteless solely done to make people afraid. And we would encourage the court's consideration to take measures that would restrain someone from doing something like this again."

His parents were in the courtroom but made no comment.

A release hearing is scheduled for March 8.

The FBI assisted the Oregon State Police in the investigation, which is ongoing.

The Tuesday incident

Strahan was arrested after 2 p.m. when officers found him in the parking lot of his apartment. Strahan declined to comment after he was read his Miranda Rights. His criminal defense attorney from his 2017 conviction told KOIN 6 News: "I can confirm that there is absolutely no danger to the community. Otherwise I have no comment at this time."

This arrest comes nearly a year after Strahan was convicted for a second-degree disorderly conduct charge that court documents say was based on the same act -- or two acts connected together -- as a menacing charge for "threatening to shoot and kill (a) person, or one or more other persons, located on Oregon State University property." The menacing charge was dismissed in a plea deal, but court documents show it was connected to the disorderly conduct charge. He was sentenced to 2-year probation. 

Strahan was enrolled at Oregon State from fall 2014 through the winter term of 2017, according to an OSU spokesman. He was majoring in food science technology and minoring in chemistry when he left the school as a junior. 

Early Tuesday morning, Strahan, who owns the username @HardBellyDorm on Twitter, was threatening a shooting on campus, according to screenshots shared on social media. OSU Vice President Steven Clark said they issued a social media post on Tuesday morning and updated students and faculty through email as they learned more about local law enforcement's actions. 

"We were not made aware of the matter until late in the morning, and we acted as promptly as we could," Clark said.

On Wednesday night, OSU put out a release regarding Tuesday's scare. 

"In the aftermath of the incident, university officials said they will (do the following):

  • Expand the university’s capacity to find threats on social media;
  • Continue to monitor and assess threats;
  • Maintain enhanced Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police patrols;
  • Communicate to Oregon State community members and the public;
  • Expand communications to families of students during such matters;
  • Monitor the status of the individual accused of making these threats, who remains in jail;
  • Continue trainings throughout the university related to active shooters and other safety matters; and
  • Continue to improve campus safety physical features and procedures.

Here's some screenshots of Strahan's threats on Twitter

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